Douglas Booth is smouldering in a new feature for Flaunt magazine. The actor will play Romeo in the upcoming film adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.” With an already impressive resume, it seems the 21-year-old is ready to be thrust into the limelight, along with the critiques that are sure to come.
Booth is ready for the comparisons people will inevitably make between himself and the last on-screen Romeo, Leonardo DiCaprio. In fact, Booth says he considers DiCaprio an inspiration for his own career.
“He is someone who has made interesting choices,” Booth said of DiCaprio. “He doesn’t make a million movies; he makes movies he wants to make with filmmakers he wants to work with. I respect him, and I respect the way he conducts himself. He’s very low-key. There was a time when all people would talk about were his looks and that he was a heartthrob and this and that, but actually, by making clever choices and delivering great performances, working hard, being in amazing films, and keeping himself out of that world, he doesn’t need it. I think that’s the way to do it.”
However, Booth notes that while it is flattering to be compared to DiCaprio his rendition of Romeo is very different than what is seen in the 1996 Baz Lurmann film.
“I saw that film a long time ago and it’s amazing and DiCaprio is amazing in it, but they’re totally different films made by totally different filmmakers,” Booth said. “We all know what Baz Lurmann is as a filmmaker. He’s very visually arresting. That film is like a big long MTV music video. It’s amazing and it’s fantasy and it’s glossy, but I think our film has a different feel. Julian Fellowes decided to set in the real place, so we filmed in Verona, Rome, and Mantua. I think the Italian landscape was a large character in the movie. It had such a personality.”
See more of Booth in the gallery below.