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Leonardo DiCaprio Reveals Why He Turned Down Anakin Skywalker Role in 'Star Wars' Prequels

Leonardo DiCaprio Reveals Why He Turned Down Anakin Skywalker Role in 'Star Wars' Prequels

Leonardo DiCaprio met for the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel trilogy many years ago, but he turned down the part.

Now, the 41-year-old actor is opening up about why he didn’t take the role, which went to Hayden Christensen.

“I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that as well, yes. Again, just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point,” Leo told Shortlist recently.

“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,” Leo also said. “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.”

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  • ####

    another nothing thread for Leo. Lol

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi ladies! All I can say is THANK GOD HE DID!!!!! I am a total Star Wars geek, but those prequels truly sucked! I doubt that even Leo’s talent could have saved them – lol!!!

  • ####

    LOL…..I’m going to see the new one within the next couple of days. My son saw it and said it was good.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! I LOVED IT!!!! It’s like the original ones! Lot of humor. Hope you have a good audience! Mine was clapping and cheering! It’s a great fun movie!

  • Revengefan0101

    I prefer the Leo only posts though. Leo Only posts ftw!

  • ####

    Me too so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining!

  • ####

    My son saw it in imax and loved it.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi ladies! From BZ – thanks! Picture from The Revenant of Leo’s character and his wife.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/_5Uf-zGMP4/?taken-by=leomania_1998

  • Revengefan0101

    How big is her part in the movie? I haven’t seen any interviews with her so far.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! I believe she is mostly seen in flashbacks, so I don’t think it is very big.

  • Revengefan0101

    Aww… That’s too bad. She seemed so excited about the movie on her IG. I thought I would see her promoting the movie more.

  • Zzzzzz

    You’re in LA – have you seen it yet?

  • Derek117

    Thanks, Leo, for reminding us why you’re not liked enough to get the votes win a Best Actor Oscar: humility ain’t your thing!

  • Madsxx

    I didn’t think Hayden was that bad. But with shitty writing and bad direction from George Lucas, one can only do so much.

  • also…

    You are right.

  • Revengefan0101

    No. I don’t go to the theater much anymore. I prefer to watch movies online. I’ll see it eventually. ;)

  • Zzzzzz

    I’ve been so busy and at the Arclight Theater, the fricking tickets are $17!!! WTH!!!!! That doesn’t include parking and popcorn!

  • Revengefan0101

    Go to an early showing at The Grove instead.

  • ####

    Looks like the namad brothers are in st. Barthes too.

  • Zzzzzz

    I don’t think it’s showing there. When i searched it’s only playing at Arclight and The Landmark.

    I might wait until it gets wide release. The Laemmle near my home is only $8 for a matinee and they have real butter!

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi! It looks like the whole gang. Although, I don’t think Jonah or Andrei made the trip this year.

  • ####

    Or Lukas which I’m kind of surprised about.

  • Zzzzzz

    I thought I read that he was there.

  • also…

    Page six “Kelly’s sponsor” makes no mention of Kelly being there … LOL:

    Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock and Robin Thicke were among the starry guests at Russell Simmons’ holiday party in St. Barts.

    The hip-hop mogul merged his 17th annual bash with a fundraiser for The Heart Fund.

    He explained, “I generally never give a party unless I can raise
    something for underserved people.” The event at the Hotel Le Toiny was thrown with Ukrainian model Alina Baikova.

    DiCaprio was seen dancing next to Thicke, and further guests included Dsquared2 designers Dan and Dean Caten.

    Other VIPs heading to the island for New Year’s celebrations, according to reports, include Ellen DeGeneres, Paul McCartney, Kris Jenner and Paris Hilton.

    http://pagesix.com/2015/12/29/stars-support-charity-at-russell-simmons-holiday-party/

  • ####

    It’s only playing in 4 theaters so 2 in LA and 2 in NYC

  • ####

    He’s taken no pics there and we know he’s the photographer and he hasn’t been tagged as being there.

  • ####
  • Fan Girl

    Rihanna and Leo….always in the same room. What’s up with these two!?! LOL

  • Revengefan0101

    They have a lot of friends in common. Plus this was a charity event.

  • lalaland

    Nice.thx

  • lalaland

    Lukas is ther according to bz.i didnt see him so.i checkef his ig no pics so far.

  • lalaland

    Lol

  • lalaland

    Humilty = leo

  • oscarsforrevenant

    Yep. Leo answered the question very tastefully, in my opinion. He can’t exactly say, ‘Man, I turned that mess down cause the writing was crappy,’ without offending someone.

  • oscarsforrevenant

    ??? His response was very tasteful. And he’s truly favored to win next year. Sorry to burst your bubble if/when he succeeds. And at some point, he will.

  • oscarsforrevenant

    ❤️

  • lalaland

    Ty

  • lalaland

    Nively said.ty

  • AzureRose

    A charity event?!? Those people doesn’t know where the limit of decency ends. HYPOCRISY is their name. Now all the rich people’s parties in luxury homes, situated in luxury places or in luxury yatches are related to charity events! It’s like those celebrities who wrote immediately how sorry they felt about Paris’ bombing. Where do you live? Wake up, it is called PR.

  • AzureRose

    A new thread about an old news. He already talked about turning down the role of Anakin in Star Wars. But there is something new here….career wise/actor wise/movie star paradigm. So, he didn’t tried to become a movie star per se. Yeah, and he has never done drugs. Yeah, and he was disgusted about those groups sex scenes in the WOWS. Yeah, yeah.
    Why he doesn’t shut up? It’s like when he was going around saying how hard it was shooting The Revenant because it was very cold, – 40 in Canada, he had to endure cold waters, sleeping in animals’ carcasses, eating raw bison liver and all of that for ONLY 20 MILLIONS DOLLARS.
    Hey, happy new year Mr DiCaprio, hope you enjoy your ‘models’.

  • Delores Pauldo

    Who cares why leo turn down that role. Wasn’t for him anyway. Geirge gave to the right person. Don’t know why jared put this about this anyway. Just because hayden haven’t said anything about the new one. Lro wouldn’t have made the role any better. But the roles he get is better. And leo does date better women than Hayden. And the women don’t use him like Rachel did. Bet she thought Hayden suppose to be in the new star wars movie.

  • Charade

    The new one is great! Nothing to do with the prequels. More like the original ones

  • girl93

    Well, I don’t think there are a lot of Hayden Christensen fans over here lol

  • Charade

    2 comments=2 very angry writting
    Sounds like someone isn’t in good mood today lol
    Seriously you sound like you really dislike Leo right now, why don’t you take a break from the threads? Maybe it would do you good.

  • Charade

    I forgot he even existed til i watched an Star Wars marathon before seeing the new one in the cinema lol 😂
    I was like ‘omg it’s true, this guy was an actor’ 🙈🙊

  • Princess Wanda

    lol At least Rachel is loved, unique and one of a kind not a contract clone model and nobody uses her for showing off or covering gay sex.

  • Princess Wanda

    He is enjoying Lukas Haas penis, models are for cameras!

  • girl93

    Well he is not different from any actor/actress. At least he talks mostly about his career, for example, Jennifer Lawrence can’t stop talking about her personal life and stupid stories(probably that most are made up).. instead of her career.

  • Shelly

    I like your new name.

  • AzureRose

    You are new here…..I have always bashed him from the very beginning – when I see things that annoy me.
    Only this comment is related to DiCaprio. The other is about that hypocryte of Mr Simmons. People who does true charity stuff don’t tell that to the press so they can write about it and say to the people how nice they are. They don’t fool me.
    And I am not angry. I write what I think.

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