Leonardo DiCaprio has been one of Hollywood’s top stars (maybe the top star) for a long time now, and sometimes it seems like almost every major role of note passes over Leo’s desk at some point or another. In a recent interview with The ShortList, Leo revealed some of the movies he’s, well, been on the short list for, and it includes some surprising titles.
Probably the biggest revelation was that DiCaprio passed on the opportunity to play Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels.
“I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that. Just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”
Of course, considering Hayden Christensen’s career after the prequels, maybe Star Wars wasn’t the “opportunity” it was cracked up to be.
In addition to Anakin, DiCaprio also revealed that he was approached to play Peter Parker in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies and Robin in the Joel Schumacher Batman flicks. Damn. I always thought Martin Scorsese was a bit over-attached to Leo, but apparently he was just protecting the poor guy from the bad men who wanted to put him in a rubber codpiece and/or discuss why he hates sand.
That said, DiCaprio hasn’t completely ruled out squeezing into some spandex…
“You never know. You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything.”
You’d better keep looking out for the kid, Marty.
(Via The ShortList)