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03/01/03
Gangland Fantasies Draw the Crowds
- DiCaprio and Scorcese turn up at London premiere

THE GANGS OF NEW YORK premiere in Leicester Square last night came against a background of fear of real gang crime exploding onto London's streets.

Police and politicians have warned of an upsurge in gun-related crime in recent years but, despite all the acres of newsprint devoted to the issue, those warnings are not reflected in figures for gun-killings which have remained stable for decades.

The hyped-up, unreal nature of fear of gun crime has been matched by the hype for Gangs of New York, which has also been criticised for its near-fanstasy treatment of gangsterism. Given his previous roles, in Titanic and The Beach, the appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio in the film might be seen as support for such slights, but Gangs of New York director Martin Scorcese had no worries.

"It was Robert De Niro who first told me about Leo when he was 16. He said Leo was really good and I should watch his work," Scorcese said at the premiere screened at the Empire cinema.

DiCaprio was the main draw for some 2,000 fans who turned up on Leicester Square last night. The 28 year-old heart-throb was joined by co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent and Lucy Davenport.




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