Leonardo DiCaprio as Anakin Skywalker? Why not?
The award-winning actor had been eyed to play “Star Wars” lead role, Anakin Skywalker, but Leo turned it down.
DiCaprio revealed to ShortList magazine that he did met with George Lucas about the hero-turned-villain role. However, he chose to pass on the project, saying: “I don’t think I was ready for anything like that.” Leo continued, “[I] just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”
The role of Anakin eventually went to actor Hayden Christensen.
Christensen earned instant and immense fame after he was cast in the epic franchise. However, the hype of public attention eventually drove him to take a five-year-break from acting.
“I guess I felt like I had this great thing in ‘Star Wars’ that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me,” Christensen admitted to Los Angeles Times recently.
“I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave,” he added.
Despite turning down the chance to play one of the most iconic roles in cinematic history, DiCaprio admitted that he is still open for possibilities and won’t rule out one day he will star in a super hero/sci-fi film.
“You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything,” the 41-year-old actor told the magazine.
Entertainment Tonight noted that DiCaprio was asked about almost every role most actor will die to portray, including Robin in Joel Schumacher’s “Batman Forever” and in 2002 “Spider-Man,” which was eventually played by Tobey Maguire.
The actor told Shortlist: “As I recall I took the meeting, but didn’t want to play the role. Joel Schumacher is a very talented director but I don’t think I was ready for anything like that,” referring to the Batman movie.
DiCarpio will be seen in silver screen once again in “The Revenant,” which hits theaters in January.