The Untold Story of the Film Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Keep Hidden
"Don’s Plum" was filmed over six days between July ‘95 and March ‘96 in black and white
Before he made a movie about a sinker (1997’s Titanic), Leonardo DiCaprio made a stinker.
Filmed over six days between July ‘95 and March ‘96 in black and white, Don’s Plum features DiCaprio starring alongside fellow members of the so-called “P*ssy Posse” — including Tobey Maguire and Kevin Connolly — and takes place at the Los Angeles diner the film is named for.
“Don’s Plum was a group of friends saying ‘Let’s all make a movie …,’” one of the movie’s producers, Dale Wheatley, told The New York Post. “In many ways, [it] was a love letter to our friends.”
After the film wrapped, DiCaprio and Maguire must have thought better of letting the film come out in the U.S. and a 1998 lawsuit resulted in the film being banned in the country.
“They weren’t the P*ssy Posse they were the bully posse,” Wheatley told The Post. “These guys are terribly intimidating with their power and their influence.”
The movie was released in multiple European countries and in Japan, but the majority of the profits went to legal fees and many of the film’s producers never worked in Hollywood again.
“The black-and-white, cigarette-smoke-filled, largely improvised indie is as pretentious as it is disgusting,” writes New York Post critic Johnny Oleksinski. “It’s 82 minutes of hot-shot jerks degrading everyone in sight while rambling on about masturbation, bisexuality and their lack of acting careers.”
Here’s a clip of Leo doing his thing in the buried film:
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