Here are 29 interesting Leonardo DiCaprio facts.

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1. Leonardo DiCaprio bought an island in Belize 10 years ago and built the world’s first eco-restorative resort that restores the island’s over-fished waters, coastline, and forest. – Source

2. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet helped pay the nursing home fees for the last Titanic survivor so she wouldn’t have to sell anymore Titanic mementos to raise cash. – Source

3. Leonardo DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when he first kicked. – Source

4. Leonardo DiCaprio blocked a film he was in from being released in the U.S. and Canada. The producer of the film has released it on the Internet and drafted a letter to Leo about it. – Source

5. Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role for Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. – Source

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6. Leonardo DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Germany with his grandparents and speaks German fluently. – Source

7. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally selected for the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho but he reluctantly did not take it as most of his fans were pre-teen girls. – Source

8. There was an auction to win a trip to space accompanied by Leonardo DiCaprio. – Source

9. During the filming of the Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill took revenge on Leonardo DiCaprio by giving him food poisoning. By improvising a line, Hill made DiCaprio eat the last piece of raw yellowtail sushi. DiCaprio had to repeat this 70 times. Only Hill and Martin Scorsese found it funny. – Source

10. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally first choice to play Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. – Source

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11. During the dinner scene in Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio slammed his fist on the table, breaking a glass and cutting his hand severely. DiCaprio never broke character and finished the scene with real blood dripping down his hand. – Source

12. When Leonardo DiCaprio originally tried to get an agent they wanted to change his name to Lenny Williams due to his name sounding too ethnic. – Source

13. Leonardo DiCaprio owns the live-action rights to an Akira movie. – Source

14. Leonardo DiCaprio was once the “leader” of an infamous group dubbed by Hollywood as Pussy Posse. Notable members included Tobey Mcguire and David Blaine. – Source

15. Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio was so popular that 7% of American teen girls had seen it twice within five weeks. The phenomenon of girls repeatedly watching the film was nicknamed “Leo-Mania”. – Source

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16. The Leonardo DiCaprio haircut from Titanic was so popular among Afghan youths that it was banned by the Taliban and barbers went to jail for giving it. – Source

17. Leonardo DiCaprio spent days at a home for mentally disabled teens in order to get into his character, Arnie Grape. His performance was so well received he earned his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. – Source

18. In 2005, Leonardo DiCaprio was assaulted by model Aretha Wilson, who hit him over the head with a broken bottle at an after party. Wilson was sentenced to two years in prison. – Source

19. Leonardo DiCaprio has never done drugs and had to get taught how to play being high by drug experts. – Source

20. In his acting debut, Leonardo DiCaprio was kicked off the set of the long-running, popular children’s TV series “Romper Room” at age 5 for being disruptive. – Source

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21. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the two actors that, no matter “how bad the film is”, do well at the box office. CinemaScore’s CEO says, “We’ll give a movie a C+, and Leonardo just pulls the box office with him.” – Source

22. Leonardo DiCaprio has won a Razzie Award in 1999 for Worst Screen Couple. – Source

23. Leonardo DiCaprio got his big break when he was handpicked by Robert De Niro to play the lead role in “This Boy’s Life”. – Source

24. In 2009, Nicolas Cage outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a $276,000 Dinosaur Skull. – Source

25. Leonardo DiCaprio may have potentially played Gerry Lane in his own World War Z movie if his production company didn’t lose the bidding war to Brad Pitt’s production company in order to secure the screen rights to the novel. – Source

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26. Leonardo DiCaprio is an ardent environmentalist. He founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to support sustainability efforts, is a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. – Source

27. Leonardo DiCaprio has said that playing Arnie (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) was “the most fun I’ve ever had”. – Source

28. Leonardo DiCaprio earned $2.5Mil for Titanic in 1997. In 2000 he was paid $20Mil for The Beach. His pay per movie has remained pretty much $20Mil per movie since, except for J Edgar, Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street. – Source

29. Leonardo DiCaprio was the first choice to play Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights, but had already signed on for Titanic and couldn’t do both. – Source


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Last Update: January 18, 2018