[Content Note: Sexual violence; disablism.]

Leonardo DiCaprio WILL win an Oscar, dammit, and he's pulling out all the stops to make sure it happens with what Kaiser hilariously (and accurately) calls "possibly the biggest Oscar-bait role in history." If we just give him an Oscar now, will that mean this movie will never get made, because it will be a garbage pile three miles high:
Leonardo DiCaprio is getting closer to playing a role he's eyed for nearly 20 years — that of Billy Milligan, who was the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law.

...Published in 1981, [The Minds of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes' nonfiction tome about Milligan, who had 24 personalities] chronicles Milligan's story, including his court trial in the late 1970s in Ohio after being charged with robbery and raping three women on the Ohio State University campus.

In the preparation of his defense, Milligan — who died in December 2014 — was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Pleading insanity, he and his lawyers contended that two of his alternate personalities committed the crimes without his knowledge. He was the first to use this defense, and the first to be acquitted for this reason.

Milligan's various personalities included Adalana, a lesbian taking responsibility for the rapes; Ragen, a Yugoslavian communist who admitted to the robbery; and Arthur, an uptight Englishman.
Playing multiple characters? Check. With multiple accents? Check. Playing someone with a disability? Check. Playing a woman? Check. Playing an antihero? Check. Dramatic courtroom scenes? Check. Opportunity to film lurid sexual assaults of women? Check.

All with cool bonus messaging about a lesbian rapist who made this poor man rape those girls! Neato!

Seriously, I am begging the Academy to just give Leo the golden statue now and never, ever, let this shit see the light of day. I don't have even the tiniest shred of faith that it will (or could) be anything but a gross and problematic simplification of Billy Milligan and his case.

No word on how Milligan's victims feel about their stories being turned into a movie. But Leo hasn't been wanting to play any of them since 1997, so who cares.

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