FROM the massive roles he’s turned down to his terrifying brushes with death, in this article you will get each specific information about the actor Leonardo DiCaprio on his 43rd birthday.
IT’S Leonardo DiCaprio’s 43rd birthday today and literally, the man proved himself in every walk of his life apart from being a talented actor!
Well, it will be amazing to shows him some respects or giving him some honor by assembling some unknown facts about this Oscar-winning actor.
So happy birthday, Leo. Enjoy the read.
DiCaprio’s mum decided to call him Leonardo because when she gets to knows that she is pregnant with Leo she was starring at the Leonardo da Vinci painting at the Italian museum.
But it was once suggested to him that he change his name because an agent said it “was too ethnic” and he “wouldn’t get as many jobs”.
“When I was 11 years old … We went to an agent and they wanted to change my name to Lenny Williams,” DiCaprio told to the media house Shortlist.
In 1995, Sharon Stone wanted to cast the superstar Leonardo DiCaprio in the “The Quick and the Dead” and for this, she agreed to pay half his salary.
“I wanted him bad and we’d topped out financially,” Stone explained at the time.
“He’s so good, I would have carried the boy on my back to the set if that was necessary! He will be one of the finest actors we have seen in decades. His talent, his gift, is so extraordinary.”
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Mark Wahlberg once said that Leonardo DiCaprio really didn’t want him to star in the 1995 movie, The Basketball Diaries.
“Leonardo was like, ‘Over my dead fu**ing body,” Wahlberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “Marky Mark’s not going to be in this fu**ing movie.”
“Because we’d had a thing, I didn’t even realize it, [but] I was a bit of a dick to him at a charity basketball game. So he was like, ‘this fu**ing a**hole is not going to be in this movie’.”
Eventually, the casting director managed to convince DiCaprio and Wahlberg were being roped into the movie for the role.
“So I come in and I do the audition and I kind of look at him and he kind of looks at me, and then we do a scene, and they’re like, ‘Hmm, this fu**ing dude’s pretty good, right?’” Wahlberg recalled.
“The next thing you know, boom, we’re hanging out.”
The two actors also worked together in the film “The Departed”.
ROLES HE’S TURNED DOWN
DiCaprio is very selective about the movies and in order to do justice with his selective nature he actually reportedly turned down so many roles.
It started with being offered “more money than I ever dreamed of” to star in the movie Hocus Pocus.
“I don’t know where the hell I got the nerve,” he told Variety in 2014 about his decision.
“You live in an environment where you’re influenced by people telling you to make a lot of money and strike while the iron’s hot. But if there’s one thing I’m very proud of, it’s being a young man who was sticking to my guns.”
Leo also once bumped with the filmmaker Baz Luhrmann probably features in Moulin Rouge! but told the Aussie, “I’m not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice”.
He agreed to get in a room with Luhrmann and a pianist where he tried to sing Lean On Me.
“When I hit the high note, he [Luhrmann] just turned to me [and said], ‘yes, D, I don’t know if this conversation should continue’.”
DiCaprio met with director Joel Schumacher for the development of the role Robin in Batman Forever but told Shortlist he “didn’t want to play the role”.
“I don’t think I was ready for anything like that.”
He met with George Lucas for the movie Star Wars prequels but this time also “just didn’t feel ready to take that dive”.
And DiCaprio also said thanks but not thank to playing Spider-Man, and gradually the role grabbed by his good friend Tobey Maguire.
“That was another one of those situations, similar to Robin, where I didn’t feel ready to put on that suit yet,” he explained.
When He Fortunately Avoids DEATH
The talented DiCaprio is fortunate to alive several times after brushes with death for the various times.
Let’s discuss a shark incident.
“A great white jumped into my cage when I was diving in South Africa,” the actor told Wired.
“The great white took about five or six snaps an arm’s length away from my head. The guys there said that has never happened in the 30 years they’d been doing it.”
Something happened in the Delta Airlines flight to Russia.
“I was in business class, and an engine blew up in front of my eyes,” he recalled.
“They shut all the engines off for a couple of minutes, so you’re just sitting there gliding with absolutely no sound, and nobody in the plane was saying anything. It was a surreal experience. They started the engines back up, and we did an emergency landing at JFK (airport).”
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Leo also bumped with skydiving mishap when the first chute wouldn’t open as it was knotted up.
“We did another free fall for like another five, 10 seconds,” he said.
“I didn’t even think about the extra chute, so I thought we were just plummeting to our death. He pulled the second, and that was knotted up too. He just kept shaking it and shaking it … And he finally unravels it in midair.”
DiCaprio currently has 3 movies in his kitty. He is all set to features in the forthcoming film The Black Hand, the film is about a cop who takes on a ruthless Italian/American gang in New York.
And he’s also teaming up with director Martin Scorsese again for 2 upcoming melodramas, Killers of the Flower Moon and Roosevelt.
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