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Leonardo DiCaprio
 Roles turned down by Leonardo DiCaprio:

Alexander the Great
Director Baz Luhrmann had cast the actor in the key role in his long-planned epic. A rival film directed by Oliver Stone helped derail Luhrmann's project.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

American Psycho
Had to drop out of the lead role due to scheduling conflict. Christian Bale took over.

American Splendor
Was considered for an early attempt to make the movie about cartoonist and eccentric character Harvey Pekar.
Actor who got the part: Paul Giamatti

Angels & Demons
Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Camerlengo Patrick McKenna. He declined despite being offered the role personally by Tom Hanks.
Actor who got the part: Ewan McGregor

Batman Forever
Screen tested for the part of Robin.

Boogie Nights
DiCaprio was offered the lead role of Dirk Diggler. Leonardo did Titanic instead, and Mark Wahlberg took the part.
Actor who got the part: Mark Wahlberg

Cold Mountain
Leonardo Dicaprio was considered to play Inman.
Actor who got the part: Jude Law

Don's Plum
DiCaprio and co-star Tobey Maguire won a lawsuit to stop this film directed by R.D. Robb from being released theatrically in the USA or Canada.
Actor who got the part: Not Released

The Dreamers
Leonardo DiCaprio chose to do "The Aviator" over this film.
Actor who got the part: Michael Pitt

The Good Shepherd
DiCaprio was supposed to star in the film about the privileged and idealistic young American who helped found the CIA. Robert DeNiro directed the film.
Actor who got the part: Matt Damon

Harvard Man
DiCaprio was set to play the lead role but they could not pay his salary. Adrian Grenier took over the part.

Higher Learning
DiCaprio was oringinaly cast to play Remey but opted to do the Quick and the Dead.
Actor who got the part: Michael Rappaport

Hocus Pocus
The role of Max Dennison was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio.
Actor who got the part: Omri Katz

Inglourious Basterds
Director Tarantino sought the actor to play the Nazi colonel Landa.
Actor who got the part: Christoph Waltz

Interview with the Vampire
After River Pheonix passed away, Leonardo DiCaprio was approached to play the part of The Interviewer.
Actor who got the part: Christian Slater

Jarhead
DiCaprio was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Jake Gyllenhaal

The Matrix
Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the part, supposedly because he was concerned about the amount of special effects.
Actor who got the part: Keanu Reeves

Primal Fear
Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the lead role of Aaron Stampler.
Actor who got the part: Edward Norton

Sin City
Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Junior.
Actor who got the part: Nick Stahl

Spider-Man
Leonardo DiCaprio was considered to play Peter Parker.
Actor who got the part: Tobey Maguire

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
DiCaprio was supposedly considered for the role of Anakin.
Actor who got the part: Hayden Christiansen

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the title role.
Actor who got the part: Matt Damon

The Thin Red Line
Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly considered for a role.
Actor who got the part: James Caviezel






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