Leonardo DiCaprio is a noted environmental activist, Academy Award winner, and one of the most gifted actors of his generation. He holds another glorious title, though—meme king.
DiCaprio’s movie roles have produced countless classic memes, from Inception to The Great Gatsby to, more recently, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But it’s a meme role in another Quentin Tarantino film that took the internet by storm lately.
DiCaprio’s role in Django Unchained was that of ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie. The character was truly wicked and met a fitting fate, but left audiences with plenty of memorable moments—including this sinister laugh, which has now been immortalized in internet lore. Really, it’s an ideal meme for 2020—everything seems like a cruel joke anyway, so we might as well laugh along with a genuinely evil character. Or maybe it’s more about finding the relatable humanity in the seemingly irredeemable. Either way, seeing at Leo look so ridiculous makes us laugh. And while it might not be DiCaprio’s first time through the meme ringer, it’s certainly among his best work.
Here are some more of our favorites.