That time Leo DiCaprio passed on 'Hocus Pocus'
February 13th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

That time Leo DiCaprio passed on 'Hocus Pocus'

Leonardo DiCaprio has had some amazing roles during his career, but according to him he gave up the chance to have at least one magical one.

The "Wolf of Wall Street" star told Variety he was offered “more money than I ever dreamed of” for the chance to snag a gig on the Disney film "Hocus Pocus" around the same time he was hoping to land a role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," the film that went on to help launch him as a star.

DiCaprio hadn't even auditioned yet for the independent film which starred Johnny Depp. So even he was surprised that he turned down so much money.

“I don’t know where the hell I got the nerve,” DiCaprio said in the Variety interview. “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.”

Instead the young actor auditioned for and won the role of the autistic young Arnie which won him rave reviews and an Oscar nomination. But what might his career have been like had he taken on the role of Max Dennison in "Hocus Pocus?"

We couldn't even begin to conjure up an answer.


Filed under: Celebrities • movies

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. woodie

    Clearly playing a brain damaged teen for less money was a better choice. Right.

    February 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. luciddream85

    He's a phenomenal actor. Looks aside, his part in 'Django' was supurb. The older he gets, the better he gets.

    February 19, 2014 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. antano1970

    Huh...give one of us regular folks the chance to make that money that you "play pretenders" make.

    February 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mgpogue

    Reblogged this on The TV Media Junkie ReBlog Blog.

    February 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |

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