Wow—some guys really know how to get ahead in the business.

Or, at least, Leonardo DiCaprio does.  After starring in such blockbusters as Inception, Shutter Island, and that one movie about the boat and the old lady and big diamond thing that let James Cameron be in the water again, Leo is taking a breather to star in a commercial.  For a Chinese cell phone company.  For five million dollars.

Please excuse me while I pick myself up from the floor and get back in the chair here.

Ok, that’s better.

Yep, Leo is set to star in his next role as a pitchman in China for Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp, and is making a cool $5 million for it.  It’s not big surprise, on one hand—celebrities often promote items overseas (including DiCaprio, who, according to E! Online, “has also appeared in ads for watch-maker Tag Heuer and Suzuki”).

What is unusual is the actor’s price tag, as $5 million “among the most lucrative one-off endorsement deals to date for the star.”  Because, again, it’s five million dollars to talk about cell phones.

So if you’ll please excuse me, I’m going to no go in front of my local Verizon store and start screaming at passersby about my amazing Smartphone setup.  That should at least snag me a couple grand, right?

What do you think of the DiCaprio news?