Leonardo says even though Blood Diamond is about a different topic, it relates to his personal beliefs about the environment. "It was very symbolic of what we do as consumers," he says. "When we buy something, it is a vote. We're in essence endorsing that product or that company or that corporation and how they do business."
Blood Diamond isn't just about politics, though, Leonardo says. It's also a dramatic story with well-developed characters. "It has to work dramatically," he says. "And here you have two different men from polar opposite places in their lives—both African men."