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While speaking to Variety about his fourth Oscar nomination for "The Wolf of Wall Street," Leonardo DiCaprio revealed that he almost didn't get his first nomination, because he considered turning down the role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." After starring opposite Robert De Niro in "This Boy's Life," DiCaprio said that he was offered "more money than I ever dreamed of" to take a part in "Hocus Pocus," a Halloween-themed comedy about three witches, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimi and Bette Midler. Even though "Hocus Pocus" was a major Hollywood film that would have meant a big payday and lots of exposure, DiCaprio decided to pass up the opportunity and instead audition for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." "I don't know where the hell I got the nerve," he explained. "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. »
While "Titanic" is generally understood as the movie that launched Leonardo DiCaprio into the stratosphere, he had to make a few career moves to get there first. "This Boy's Life," "The Basketball Diaries" and "Romeo + Juliet" paved the way, but how would things have gone if he had done "Hocus Pocus"? It's a question for the ages, and the actor reveals that following "This Boy's Life," he was offered “more money than I ever dreamed of” to join Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker in the Disney family movie about witches. But he turned down the mouse house to make "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" instead. “I don’t know where the hell I got the nerve,” he told Variety. “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 »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film duo were present at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where Scorsese was presented with the Cinema Vanguard Award.
The legendary director shared: "Robert De Niro told me, 'By the way, I'm working with this young kid. He's really good. You should work with him sometime. His name is DiCaprio.' And I said, 'Ok.'
"The last collaboration I did with De Niro was Casino, which was our eighth film. It's been different since. We don't see each other that often. So, for him to recommend somebody, out of the blue, that way to me, during a phone call, was very, very special.
"I hadn't seen What's Eating Gilbert Grape? »
3 items from 2014