LOS ANGELES — Leonardo DiCaprio is finally returning to the big screen two years after "The Beach" washed out of theaters, and his Hollywood pals turned out Monday night to catch a glimpse of it.
The "Titanic" star has two massively anticipated movies rolling out this month — the Martin Scorsese epic "Gangs of New York" on December 20 and, a few days later, Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can," which also stars Tom Hanks.
Spielberg, Hanks, co-stars Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken, along with Gary Busey, Martin Sheen and "Red Dragon" director Brett Ratner all hit the red carpet Monday night for the movie's premiere. (Click for photos from the red carpet.)
Based on the memoirs of a guy who, as a teenager, evaded the FBI while forging checks and pretending to hold various jobs, "Catch Me If You Can" had the crowd at the Mann's Bruin Theater talking about the reemergence of the film's 28-year-old leading man.
"He's such a good actor," said Garner, who plays a prostitute in the film. "I mean, he's always been such a good actor, and that's the way we thought of him until 'Titanic.' And now we all just think he's such a big movie star. But in reality, he's a movie star because he's a good actor."
"Well, I'm a biased director, [but] I think ['Catch Me If You Can'] is the most brilliant performance of his career," Spielberg said. "I mean, not since '[What's Eating] Gilbert Grape' have I seen him act this well, because he plays many different characters in the movie."
Hanks gushed similarly, declaring, "Leo is the hardest working, most intelligent actor I've ever come across."
"Catch Me If You Can" hits theaters December 25, five days after "Gangs of New York."
— Ryan J. Downey, with additional reporting by Nick Zano