AceShowbiz - Leonardo DiCaprio is another of Hollywood's A-list figure who is not a fan of streaming platforms. With the rise of digital media, movie and TV series fans have turned to on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu to watch original contents. Being interviewed at the Hollywood premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" on Monday, July 29, the Academy Award-winning actor voiced his concern about how these streaming giants may threaten the future of traditional filmmaking.
"We're entering this age of streaming where things are so immediate and all of a sudden you have a new show, eight episodes of a new brilliant show that comes on that you can watch almost every other day," the 44-year-old star told Variety at the red carpet event.
Relating it to his experience shooting the Quentin Tarantino-directed movie, which is set in 1969 Los Angeles, he shared, "So when you're talking about a movie that's shot on film where you have all of Hollywood Boulevard that like physically transformed into 1969 with no CGI, this is kind of a real throwback to an era of filmmaking we're not going to see anymore."
DiCaprio is indeed worried that traditional filmmaking and the traditional way to enjoy movies at theaters will someday become extinct. "In a way it is a bit of a dinosaur," he added. "I just hope we're going to have this communal theatrical experience of going to see a great piece of art all together and enjoy it."
This isn't the first time DiCaprio slammed streaming media. In an interview with Esquire released in May, the "Titanic" actor said the surge in "garbage" contents from streaming services resulted in fewer people watching movies in cinemas.
"The studio system has tons of content, libraries of things that they can make movies of, but in a lot of ways they are hemorrhaging. They've become - much like in the twenties - these corporate empires that have taken over the artistic vein of moviemaking," he argued.
He went on explaining, "We're now in an era when there's a flush of cash into streaming. But with an overflow of content, there's a lot of garbage out there. Now I do see a lot of chances being taken for story lines, certainly documentaries, certainly giving some artists opportunities to make out-of-the-box story lines that I don't think 10 years ago would have been possible. But these types of films that Quentin is doing are also becoming endangered species."
Speaking of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", he added, "I'm not saying celebrate this movie, but let's celebrate filmmakers who are still holding on to the craft of making movies, and let's hope that in that transition into whatever this is going to be, this type of filmmaking will still exist. There are some dark ages coming up."
Previously, acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg also spoke against streaming services. "I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contributions we can make as filmmakers is to give audiences the motion picture theatrical experience," the Academy Award-winning director said in February while accepting the Filmmaker Award at the Cinema Audio Society's CAS Awards. "I'm a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever."
While acknowledging the development in technology has made home entertainment better now, he urged people to still go to theaters. "I love television. I love the opportunity. Some of the greatest writing being done today is for television, some of the best directing for television, some of the best performances [are] on television today," he added. "The sound is better in homes more than it ever has been in history but there's nothing like going to a big dark theater with people you've never met before and having the experience wash over you. That's something we all truly believe in."