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Leonardo DiCaprio has been acting for decades, but it feels like he is in his prime. From The Basketball Diaries to his new collaborations with Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio has been one of the steadiest, most consistently great actors of the new generation. Here are 9 things you may not have known about Leo…
1. Leonardo DiCaprio is his real name. When he was 10, his agent wanted him to change his name to a more American name – Lenny Williams…
2. In 1997, DiCaprio had the choice between Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights and Jack Dawson in Titanic. Obviously, he took Titanic and suggested Mark Wahlberg for the role of Diggler, as the two had worked together in The Basketball Diaries.
3. In 1994, he became the seventh youngest actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at age 19. He was nominated for his performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
4. DiCaprio, along with Kate Winslet and director James Cameron, publicly pledged to support the financial future of the last living Titanic survivor, Millvina Dean, after it was reported that she had been forced to sell her mementos to pay for nursing home bills.
5. While filming The Beach in 2000, DiCaprio and some of the crew were swept off a boat during filming. Nobody was hurt, thankfully.
6. Perhaps dodging a bullet, DiCaprio auditioned for the role of Dick Grayson/Robin in Batman Forever. He didn’t get it, and the role went to Chris O’Donnell.
7. DiCaprio is a noted environmentalist, often flying coach on commercial flights instead of taking his own private jet.
8. He has optioned the 2013 biography of President Woodrow Wilson by Pulitzer Prize-winner A. Scott Berg, and hopes to play the President himself. A previous biopic about the 28th U.S. president was made in 1944 but was a major failure with audiences despite being nominated for 10 Oscars, and being the costliest film ever made up to that point.
9. Leo has been nominated for 31 different awards (4 Academy Awards, 3 BAFTA Awards, 6 Critic’s Choice Awards, 10 Golden Globe Awards, and 8 Screen Actors Guild Awards) but has only won 2 Golden Globes. The first was for The Aviator in 2005, and the second was for The Wolf of Wall Street in 2014. The fact he hasn’t won an Oscar yet has been the source of memes all across the internet.