Leonardo DiCaprio took some time from his busy Oscar campaign to grant a precious meeting with someone more adorned with gold than him: Pope Francis. The Hollywood star met the pope on Thursday at the Vatican to talk about the environment.
According to the Associated Press, Leo busted out some Italian when greeting the pope. He said, “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you.” There’s video above if you want to hear for yourself.
DiCaprio also showed the pontiff a painting from 15th century painter Hieronymous Bosch called “Garden of Earthly Delights.” He said that this painting — a triptych of Adam and Eve, a nice landscape, and then a hellish one — represented the pope’s environmental concerns, explaining in English:
As a child I didn’t quite understand what it all meant, but through my child’s eyes it represented a planet, the utopia we had been given, the overpopulation, excesses, and the third panel we see a blackened sky that represents so much to me of what’s going in in the environment.
Lastly, the star of The Revenant presented Pope Francis with a check for charitable causes “close to your heart.”
Unsurprisingly, the internet had a lot to say about a movie star of Leo’s caliber meeting with the leader of Catholicism. Namely, they focused on DiCaprio’s Italian.
And there was one requisite Titanic joke: