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Leonardo DiCaprio Stands in for Martin Scorsese at 'Rebel' Restoration Screening

Leonardo DiCaprio LACMA Event - H - 2013
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Leonardo DiCaprio at the LACMA event on Nov. 1.

The actor apologized the absence of the director, whom he explained "is stuck in New York finishing our film, 'Wolf of Wall Street.'"

Martin Scorsese couldn't be present for the LACMA world premiere of his Film Foundation's major restoration of Rebel Without a Cause, but he sent a good stand in: Leonardo DiCaprio

On Friday night, after LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg director Michael Govan and Gucci president and CEO Patrizio di Marco welcomed the cineast-filled crowd, DiCaprio took to the stage in a fine Gucci suit and short goatee.

The actor apologized for Scorsese, whom he explained "is stuck in New York finishing our film, Wolf of Wall Street." 

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The crowd didn't seem too disappointed with Scorsese's stand in. DiCaprio, who starred in the five of the director's feature films, is also one of the co-chairs of Saturday night's Art + Film Gala at LACMA.

The actor went on to read Scorsese's notes praising Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray's filmmaking feat, his technical grasp of shots and composition and his grateful appreciation of the funding support of Gucci and Warner Bros. (This is Gucci's tenth film restoration of this kind and magnitude.) 

Gucci creative director Frida Giannini was also on hand, as was actress Camilla Belle, who wore Gucci, naturally.