This time it’s Leonardo DiCaprio for the movie Body of Lies.
Fortunately, although the breathless sycophant I saw interviewing him last night would have you believe he learned Arabic, he admits that he did not.
“I can’t remember a single word even to tell you the truth,” said DiCaprio. “We had an Arabic coach there that was really helpful, because it was more so than any accent. You have to be so exact and there’s different dialects of Arabic from country to country, so it was really, really difficult to tell you the truth and one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do language-wise. Because it comes from the throat, it’s different, and also learning about the customs and the culture and all that, so we had advisors for that sort of thing.”