Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most prominent actors of Hollywood. With all the scandals, drama and exposure of our favorite stars who turn out to be abusers and harassers, he is the one that gives hope for Hollywood. DiCaprio makes viewers believe that fame can be used not only to get what you want but also to do some good for the people and the planet.
Here are some facts about Leonardo DiCaprio that may surprise you:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out of high school.
The majority of us think that the educational system is the key to life-achievement. It seems that it's not the case with Leo, who hated attending public school and asked his mother to take him to auditions. As a result, he dropped out of high school following his third year. Eventually, Leo received his general equivalency diploma (GED), but he never went to university.
2. DiCaprio could have taken the name Lenny Williams.
At the very beginning of his career, when DiCaprio was struggling to get a role, one agent suggested he change his name to Lenny Williams, saying that it would appeal to the general public more. Leonardo refused to do so and has never regretted his decision. Would he still become famous without his resonating name? Who knows?
3. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese make a great team.
Martin Scorsese, the legendary Hollywood director, and Leonardo DiCaprio made five feature films and one short film since 2002. According to Scorsese, Leo is his favorite actor to work with.
4. Leo could have received an Oscar back in 1994.
Before winning the Academy Award for his performance in Revenant, Leo was one step away from winning an Oscar four times. In 1994, he was nominated for the first time for What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio is saving our planet.
Leo is one of the most active celebrities in the environmental movement. He has his own foundation that promotes ecological awareness and focuses on global warming. Even his house is powered by solar panels. Recently, DiCaprio has met with and praised the work of Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish environmental activist.
6. DiCaprio is one of the most influential people in the world.
For his environmental activism, in 2016, Time magazine named Leonardo DiCaprio one of the most influential people in the world.
7. Leo is one of the most mysterious Hollywood stars.
DiCaprio is very secretive about his private life, focusing mainly on his career and philanthropy. Carole Cadwalladr of The Guardian has described Leonardo as very polite, charming, friendly and "giving no hints about his actual personality."
8. DiCaprio will do anything for a role.
Starring in Revenant, Leo had to speak two Native American languages: Pawnee and Arikara. And he coped with this task brilliantly, not mentioning that he had to eat raw meat and survive low temperatures. It seems that DiCaprio will do anything for a role, fully committing to his work.
9. DiCaprio wanted Brad Pitt’s role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
In an interview, Tarantino, the cult director of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, admitted that Leo wanted the role of Cliff, which was given to Brad Pitt. Tarantino decided that the part of Rick suited DiCaprio better, and, seeing Leo's fantastic performance, he was right.
10. DiCaprio had an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
In his childhood, Leonardo DiCaprio had an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Growing up, he coped with it, but the filming of The Aviator in 2004 brought back the disorder for a while. Guess that is another proof of the fact that Leo would sacrifice everything for a role, showing his professionalism.