Leonardo DiCaprio talks about all the times (yes, multiple) he's almost died
When it comes to danger, Leonardo DiCaprio laughs in the face of it. While he might not be an Oscar winner (YET), he does have a long list of times he’s cheated death. Because yes, though this might be hard to hear, this guy we’ve loved since (at least) 1997 has come face-to-face with extreme and perilous danger a few times over the years. Thankfully, every time he’s lived to tell the tale. Barely.
With his new movie coming out, The Revenant — which yes, is generating some nice Oscar buzz for him — Leo sat down with Wired to talk about, well, everything. Including death. According to Leo, his friends have “named [him] the person they least want to do extreme adventures with” because no matter what the adventure, or how prepared they are, something always seems to go horribly wrong when Leo’s around.
Like, did you know that Leo once survived a great white shark attack? True story. While diving in South Africa, a shark actually jumped into the shark-cage Leo was in. Which is not supposed to happen.
“The great white took about five or six snaps an arm’s length away from my head,” Leo explains. “The guys there said that has never happened in the 30 years they’d been doing it.”
And, did you know that once, while Leo was flying, the engine on the plane blew out? True story.
“I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball,” he says, like this is a normal every day occurrence. “I was the only one looking out at the moment this giant turbine exploded like a comet. It was crazy.”
If that’s not enough, Leo was once skydiving and his parachute did not deploy. True story. Leo was falling towards Earth without a way to land safely. Thankfully, it was a tandem-dive, so his-co jumper went to release the second parachute… which also did not deploy.
“He just kept shaking it and shaking it in midair, as all my friends were, you know, what felt like half a mile above me, and I’m plummeting toward earth,” he laughs, thinking about the fact he could be immortal. “And he finally unravels it in midair.”
Then there was that time his boat sank — wait. That one did actually end pretty bad.
It’s clear to see why Leo’s friends are hesitant to go with him anywhere, when this kind of chaos seems to follow like his shadow. What’s next? Swarms of bees? Avalanche? Alien abduction? Getting bit by a zombie and living to tell the tale? He jokes, “If a cat has nine lives, I think I’ve used a few.”
By our calculation, he’s still got six left. Stay safe out there, Leo.
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