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DiCaprio happy ‘Gangs’ shows N.Y.'s gory side

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Leonardo DiCaprio says he's satisfied that "Gangs of New York," in which he stars as an Irish immigrant to the city during the 1860s, turned out gritty and gory.

"To have a whitewashed or glorified world . . . would be blindly patriotic. It wouldn't be showing the ugly facet of the formation of our democracy," said DiCaprio, 28, in Berlin with director Martin Scorsese to promote the film's German debut at next month's Berlin Film Festival.

DiCaprio's character gets caught up in political corruption, underworld violence and riots in New York during the Civil War. Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis co-star.

"It's important to remind people of what life in New York was like," Scorsese said at his joint appearance Thursday with DiCaprio.