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When it comes to discussing the best actors of our generation, Leonardo DiCaprio no doubt ranks high on the list. His intense and emotional method-acting technique is so sensational that movie-goers everywhere are baffled that he has not yet won an Academy Award for his many spectacular roles.

With an acting career as lengthy and successful as DiCaprio's, there are doubtlessly some interesting facts about his past.

10. Hefty Handbag

During a charity auction in Cannes, he outbid Paris Hilton for an expensive Chanel handbag. He then gave the handbag to his mother as a gift.

9. Inventor Inspiration

Leonardo DiCaprio is named after well-known inventor Leonardo Da Vinci after he first kicked in his mother's womb when she looked upon Da Vinci's artwork.

8. Diverse Directors

Leo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese
Leo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese

Throughout his acting career, DiCaprio has worked with many of the most legendary and iconic directors of our time, including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, and James Cameron.

7. Runner-Up Robin

Though Leo has largely stayed away from franchise work, he auditioned to play Robin in Batman Forever. The role instead went to Chris O'Donnell.

6. Iconic Idols

Leo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson
Leo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson

Leo lists Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson as his favorite actors, and Meryl Streep as his favorite actress.

5. A Brief Break

After his mesmerizing performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio took a two year break from acting due to exhaustion. That break recently ended when he went to work on The Revenant.

4. Grand Gun Coach

DiCaprio received training from a gun coach named Thell Reed. Reed also trained A-list actors like Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, and Russell Crowe.

3. New Name

Early on in his acting career, when he was only 10-years-old in fact, his agent wanted him to change his name. His agent thought that Lenny Williams sounded more American, though Leo refused to make the change.

2. Famous Friends

Leo is friends with many other Hollywood celebrities, including Tobey Maguire, Kate Winslet, Tom Hardy, and Mark Wahlberg.

1. Tiger Troubles

Leonardo DiCaprio won the respect of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin when he arrived at the International Tiger Conservation Forum despite multiple problems with his flights. One of his flights even had to make an emergency landing after an engine flame out.

When he finally arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, he donated $1 million to the World Wildlife Fund for the tiger conservation effort.

Leo has certainly led an interesting and successful life. Whether he ends up winning an Oscar for The Revenant or not, an actor with his skill set is sure to be remembered for generations to come.

You can watch Leo in 'The Revenant,' in theaters now!



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