Leo has finally done it; he has won an Oscar. To celebrate his Academy Award, we here at The List Love are offering 10 Leonardo DiCaprio facts you must read.
1. Lenny Williams
It’s hard to imagine the movie industry without Leonardo DiCaprio, isn’t it? Well, it was nearly Lenny Williams. That’s if his agent would have had anything to do with it anyway, as he believed Leo should adopt a more American sounding name. Suffice to say, he didn’t take his agent’s advice.
His mother reportedly named him Leonardo when she was pregnant. She felt him kick for the very first time when looking at a Leonardo Da Vinci painting at a museum.
2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Leonardo DiCaprio suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) when he was a child. The role of Howard Hughes in The Aviator may have been slightly challenging, then, as he revealed to TV host Katie Couric that filming the movie brought back his OCD.
3. Brushes with Death
Leonardo Dicaprio has had quite a few brushes with death over the years. The actor was attacked with a bottle by an ex-model at a private party in June 2005, leaving him with a wound that was quite close to Leo’s jugular. In 2000, strong winds swept him off a camera boat whilst filming The Beach.
That’s already a lot, right? Wait, it gets worse. He was once onboard a plane with an engine exploding, his parachute failed to open during a skydive and he was nearly bitten by a great white shark.
4. DiCaprio v. Wilson
A $45 million lawsuit was made against Leonardo DiCaprio by actor and screenwriter Roger Wilson in 1998. The screenwriter claimed that Leo encouraged his friends to have a streetfight with Wilson, after DiCaprio reportedly made advances at his girlfriend Elizabeth Berkley at a Manhattan restaurant.
The lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Paula Omansky in 2004, as Leo’s friend, Todd Healy admitted to hitting Roger Wilson in self-defence. Any action against DiCaprio was dismissed because the judge ruled that Healy never heard his remark and so could not possibly have been incited by it.
5. Full-Frontal Nudity
Somewhere in the world there are full-frontal photographs of Leonardo DiCaprio. You will never see them, though, because he sued Playgirl Magazine in 1998 over plans to publish the images of him in the buff.
6. Millvina Dean
Leonardo DiCaprio is not just a gifted actor, he is also extremely kind-hearted. After learning that the last-living RMS Titanic survivor, Millvina Dean, was selling her memorabilia to fund her nursing home care, Leo, along with actress Kate Winslet, Titanic’s director James Cameron and singer Celine Dion each donated £10,000 to fund her care. The auctioneer who bought her items returned them to Millvina, and she continued to live in her care home until she passed away in 2009.
7. Robert De Niro
Many could argue that Robert De Niro shaped the course of Leonard Dicaprio’s acting career. After spotting his incredible talent in Leo’s first movie This Boy’s Life, which DeNiro also starred, he raved about DiCaprio to film director Martin Scorsese. Leo went on to star in many Scorsese movie’s over the years, including The Departed and Gangs of New York. De Niro also reportedly hand-picked DiCaprio from 100 boys to star in the movie.
8. The Quick and the Dead
It’s not just Robert de Niro that spotted Leonardo’s acting talent. Sharon Stone wanted him to start in the movie The Quick and the Dead so much that she paid his entire salary. Whilst the movie was a flop, her instinct was right that when it comes to his acting ability.
9. Not a Tipper
Before he hit the big time, Leonardo DiCaprio was famous for one thing: being cheap. He was known for not tipping in bars and clubs during his younger years. An actor has to eat, right?
10. Frank Abagnale Jnr.
During the production of Catch Me If You Can, Leonardo DiCaprio met the real Frank Abagnale Jnr. Leo was reportedly so drawn into Frank’s charm and personality that he invited the ex-convict to his home.
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