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Leonardo DiCaprio Passed Up Anakin Skywalker Role in ‘Star Wars’ Prequels

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Five-time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio could finally win that elusive Oscar for his performance in the revenge Western “The Revenant.” However, the actor reveals his career could’ve taken a different path — the path to the Dark Side.

Talking with ShortList about some of the roles he’s turned down — that of Robin in “Batman Forever,” among them, of course — DiCaprio confirms he met with George Lucas about playing Anakin Skywalker in the “Star Wars” prequels.

However, as was the case with “Batman Forever,” DiCaprio explains he “just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”

Considering his turn as Anakin led Hayden Christensen to retreat from Hollywood, DiCaprio probably made the right decision. (“I guess I felt like I had this great thing in ‘Star War’s that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me,” Christensen recently told the Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave.”)

Of course, it also means DiCaprio missed out on such epic dialogue as, “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.”

Comments

  • http://sdelmonte.livejournal.com/ Simon DelMonte

    Since I have never seen Leo give a bad performance, he could have done for Anakin what Harrison Ford did for Han Solo. Opposite MacGregor – the all-star of the prequels as we know them – he might have done wonders. If only…

    But who can blame him?

  • Gups

    Actually I respect the guy more for having the confidence to turn down the role

  • drifter77

    Agreed. He would have given depth to Anakin’s character especially on Revenge of the Sith and the transformation to to the dark side. He’s also tall enough to be Vader.

  • Corps I Am

    On a serious note, sand really is irritating and it really does get everywhere.

  • Brian Hope

    DiCaprio has always had an interest in modern European history because of its effect on his family history. There is a individual whom I think he would find intriguing to portray – Reinhard Heydrich, Himmler’s #2 man in the SS, the prime mover behind the Wansee Conference which set the protocols for the Holocaust. Many considered the “Blond Beast” (a nickname for him) to be the personal embodiment of what Naziism stood for. However, he came from an artistic family background and was very concerned about the possibility of having some Jewish ancestry. (He was also an enthusiastic pilot.) A movie about him could offer interesting insights into what Naziism stood for, and what type of influences could spawn such evil.

  • Brian Hope

    DiCaprio has always had an interest in modern European history because of its effect on his family history. There is a individual whom I think he would find intriguing to portray – Reinhard Heydrich, Himmler’s #2 man in the SS, the prime mover behind the Wansee Conference which set the protocols for the Holocaust. Many considered the “Blond Beast” (a nickname for him) to be the personal embodiment of what Naziism stood for. However, he came from an artistic family background and was very concerned about the possibility of having some Jewish ancestry. (He was also an enthusiastic pilot.) A movie about him could offer interesting insights into what Naziism stood for, and what type of influences could spawn such evil.

  • http://www.cupulablogs.com/madmaxandrade Tiago Andrade

    Why are people commenting on that now? It’s public knowledge, just like Leo passing on Raimi’s Spider-Man.

  • Romeo Garcia

    That’s not true…he already have the part of ANAKIN SKYWALKER and Lucasfilm tell him to keep the secret to anyone and not make it public…but he just come out of the reunion with lucas and start to scream to everyone”!I AM ANAKIN!!!”..Because of that he lost the part that already have,,,because of his EGO

  • Romeo Garcia

    That’s not true…he already have the part of ANAKIN SKYWALKER and Lucasfilm tell him to keep the secret to anyone and not make it public…but he just come out of the reunion with lucas and start to scream to everyone”!I AM ANAKIN!!!”..Because of that he lost the part that already have,,,because of his EGO