DiCaprio On Turning Down “Star Wars,” “Batman”

Out doing promotional rounds for “The Revenant,” Leonardo DiCaprio has spoken about some of his past career choices and reflected upon opportunities he turned down in the past – including at least three very high-profile roles.

Speaking with The Shortlist, DiCaprio says that there wasn’t really a time he deliberately set out to star in major studio films, rather he has always stuck to his desire to be an actor and work with the people he has admired – something he hopes has reflected in the choices he has made:

“A lot of people may look at what I’ve done career-wise and say that there was a period in which I tried to possibly become a movie star, per se, [and] tried to go for much bigger pictures. The truth of the matter is, there was a period of time, very early on, when I started watching films and having heroes in the industry, actor-wise. But I feel I’ve been consistent about my dreams and what I wanted to be as an actor.”

Said dreams did not include franchise pictures with the actor revealing that he had meetings about the roles of Robin in “Batman Forever,” Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man”. However things never progressed beyond that single meeting stage. Speaking about playing Robin, he says:

“I never screen-tested. I had a meeting with Joel Schumacher. It was just one meeting and, no, I didn’t end up doing it. I don’t think I [wanted the role], no (laughs)… 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.”

He also confirmed being eyed for Anakin and that: “I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that as well,” ultimately though what happened there was the “same scenario” that happened with Batman. Asked about the Spider-Man role, a part that his friend Tobey Maguire ultimately took, DiCaprio said:

“That was another one of those situations, similar to Robin, where I didn’t feel ready to put on that suit yet. They got in touch with me.”

Would he ever play a superhero?

“You never know. 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 Revenant” is now out in cinemas.