Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘Why I turned down Star Wars’

Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels because he “didn’t feel ready to take that dive”.

The actor was approached by director George Lucas to take on the famous character, which eventually went to Hayden Christensen. Now the star has revealed why he declined to become a part of the franchise.

“I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that, yes,” he told ShortList. “(I) just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”

Leonardo, 41, hit the big time in 1997, when he became a romantic hero alongside Kate Winslet in Titanic. ‘Leo-mania’ ensued and the star sometimes wonders if it all became too much.

“I’ve thought about that question a lot,” he mused. “A lot of people may look at what I’ve done career-wise and say that there was a period in which I tried to possibly become a movie star, per se, (and) tried to go for much bigger pictures.

“The truth of the matter is, there was a period of time, very early on, when I started watching films and having heroes in the industry, actor-wise. But I feel I’ve been consistent about my dreams and what I wanted to be as an actor.”

Currently Leonardo is promoting The Revenant, a film that’s already seen him nominated for a Golden Globe, with many predicting an Oscars nod will follow. When he needs a break from the craziness of his life, the star goes on holiday.

“I travel. I’ve been travelling this whole year and going to a lot of cool places that I’ve always wanted to see and experience,” he smiled. “That’s what I do in my off-time. That, and trying to find the next good movie to do. Trying to develop stuff through my production company. Buying rights to films that I think might be interesting. Seeing places in the world and be a part of ecological movements of people. That’s where I spend most of my time when I’m not working.”

– Cover Media

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