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Matt Damon and Leonardo Dicaprio's diverging film choices

Matt Damon and Leonardo Dicaprio's diverging film choices -- We compare the two ''Departed'' stars' careers

This week, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon will face off as adversaries in The Departed. But this isn’t the duo’s first battle: Back in ‘97, their career-defining films, Titanic and Good Will Hunting, were released within two weeks of each other. Here’s how their very divergent careers have come full circle.

Leo

RESUME
Since becoming a bona fide A-lister with Titanic, the choosy DiCaprio has banked only seven films. One of those, The Aviator, scored him a second Oscar nod.
FRANCHISES
Sequel-free since Critters 3 in 1991, DiCaprio has instead opted for repeat appearances as Scorsese’s new De Niro.
CHARACTER ANALYSIS
Known for choosing historical pieces, DiCaprio has frequently switched up his accent — not to mention facial hair — in primarily dramatic parts.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, is hitting the books — adapting Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink as well as a Teddy Roosevelt biography.
FINANCIAL GAINS
The total domestic gross for his films stands at $1.1 billion — $601 million from Titanic alone.
PAYDAY
DiCaprio has picked up another $20 million check for December’s Blood Diamond, in which he plays a mercenary gunrunner.

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Matt

RESUME
Since winning a screenwriting Oscar for Hunting, the prolific Damon has starred in 15 movies. He’s also cameoed in another four and voiced two ‘toons.
FRANCHISES
No stranger to second acts, Damon has steady gigs as amnesiac spy Jason Bourne and a thief in the Ocean’s films.
CHARACTER ANALYSIS
Known for disappearing into roles, Damon has dropped significant poundage and gained some scary sideburns in the name of both drama and comedy.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Damon is going indie under his shingle LivePlanet, which is making Gone, Baby, Gone (Ben Affleck’s directorial debut) and the doc Running the Sahara.
FINANCIAL GAINS
Those extra flicks helped: Damon’s $1.4 billion lifetime gross beats out DiCaprio’s take.
PAYDAY
Damon has nabbed $15 million for The Good Shepherd (also a December release), in which he plays a spy, a role first offered to…DiCaprio.