A 'Plum' Role: all about the little-known Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio movie
Why You've Never Seen This Film
It’s the movie Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire don’t want you to see. But Don’s Plum finally got its world premiere Feb. 10 at the Berlin Film Festival. Shot in 1995-96 for $100,000 by first-time director RD Robb, the black-and-white Plum has been the object of curiosity ever since the stars got into a legal wrangle over the film. (The actors, then proto-celebs, allegedly blocked former pal Robb’s attempt to find a distributor, arguing they never intended to make a theatrical feature.) In ’99, the sides reached a settlement that bars Plum from being screened in the U.S. or Canada. Too bad. Berlin audiences applauded Plum, starring DiCaprio and Maguire as guys hanging at an L.A. diner. DiCaprio won props playing a profane bully who calls women ”bitches” and a bisexual guy a ”fag.” ”We don’t want to talk about the legal case,” says Robb, courting the press like he’s king of the rest of the world. ”We’re glad this is finally on the screen.” But not, alas, at a theater near you.
— David D’Arcy