DiCaprio ‘hungry for work’

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio wants his “long break” from acting to end.

The 39-year-old actor says he’s been on somewhat of a “hiatus” despite starring in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby this summer and The Wolf of Wall Street, scheduled to hit cinemas later this month.

Taking some time off has Leo feeling reinvigorated and he told E! News he’s hungry for his next project.

“I’ve already taken a lot of time off. You know this film wrapped in January, so I’m probably going to be looking for something to do soon,” he said during a New York press junket for The Wolf of Wall Street.

“But hopefully it’ll be as exciting as a film like this. I don’t know if I can find one.”

Leo plays real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort in the highly-anticipated crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese.

But not everyone is a fan of the work as activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has already lashed out over a scene that features the Oscar nominee alongside a chimpanzee.

In an online petition, a spokesperson for PETA asks that the actor “never work with great apes again”.

“Someone as committed to environmental concerns as Leonardo DiCaprio should know better than to support the well-documented cruelty involved in using great apes for entertainment,” Julia Gallucci writes.

“PETA hopes the next time Leo receives a script with an ape ‘actor’ in it, he’ll remember that these sensitive animals are stolen from their mothers at birth and subjected to physical abuse – and he’ll demand a rewrite.”

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