Leonard Dicaprio is one of the most famous actors in the world; in the 1990s he impressed critics with his harrowing performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and earned legions of fan girls with his role in Titanic. Since then, Dicaprio has become well known for his complex, deep and typically dramatic roles—with a few exceptions, such as his wacky performance in the award-winning The Wolf of Wall Street. But how much do you really know about this star-studded actor? Let’s take a look at 4 things you didn’t know about Leonardo Dicaprio!
He once considered playing fellow heartthrob James Dean
Dicaprio is well known for his biographical roles, and it would likely come as no surprise to any Dicaprio fan that the actor was once seriously considering joining a film project about James Dean—another Hollywood hunk who was taken far too soon. Dicaprio was approached about playing Dean in the project; however, the actor decided to decline the role, since at the time he felt he was not yet experienced enough.
He auditioned for Batman Forever
Chris O’Donnell became a popular heartthrob after his appearance as Dick Grayson and Robin in Batman Forever and the critically planned Batman and Robin. However, O’Donnell was not the only actor to audition for the role. Among the many young actors who vied for the part was Dicaprio, who lost out to O’Donnell—which was perhaps a good thing, considering the quality of the films.
He was originally casted in American Psycho
Leonardo Dicaprio was the original actor cast as Patrick Batman in the horror thriller, American Psycho, based on a novel of the same named by Bret Easton Ellis. However, Dicaprio had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts that could not be resolved, and the film’s producers were forced to look for another actor. Christian Bale was ultimately cast, and earned many accolades for his disturbing performance.
He helped support a Titanic survivor
Dicaprio, along with fellow Titanic co-star Kate Winslet, both gave financial support to Millvina Dean; Dean, the last living Titanic survivor, was living in a nursing home but was unable to pay for her bills. Dean would have been forced to sell her personal mementos—including remnants she kept from her trip on the Titanic—if Winslet and Dicaprio had not pledged to pay for her nursing home care.
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