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Just Try to Catch Him

LIZ SMITH

May 11, 1998|LIZ SMITH

NEW YORK — Leonardo DiCaprio is skipping from hotel to hotel in Los Angeles these days. He's footloose and edgy while he waits to decide just where to buy a house in Hollywood. There were reports that he had chosen a spot in Bel-Air, but he moves around a lot because he realizes that, as soon as his whereabouts are known, he'll be pestered by paparazzi and ardent fans. Hey, it ain't always fun being the world's most famous young man.

No doubt if DiCaprio settles on a place in Hollywood, it will be imposingly gated and heavily shrubbed, the better to ensure the utmost privacy.

("The Gossip Show's" Bruce Bibby says: "Leo, Leo, Leo. We're all on the Leo watch.")

More Leo: Everybody wonders what this boy's next screen role will be. Shilling for credit cards in a Japanese commercial? It's true. According to Entertainment Weekly, Leonardo received a smart $4 million for the 15-second spot in which he plays a detective who bursts into a swanky bar and decks the bad guy with one punch. When the waiter asks, "Who's paying the bill, sir?" Leo flashes his plastic and says, "Orico card. OK?" Forget "Titanic." When you go the Japanese commercial route, you've made it.

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When reporting recently on how Mark Addy of "The Full Monty" made only $24,000 for that film, we did say Addy is now the most in-demand of all the cast members from that Oscar-nominated hit. The London Telegraph added that he is making $8 million for his new film, "Frost," with Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston. I thought that sounded a bit improbable, and checking shows he is really collecting $300,000. These facts are important in Hollywood, where studios are forever hoping to keep astronomical salaries down so as not to inflame other performers. Even Michael Keaton, the star of "Frost," didn't make $8 million.

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