If any actor has nine lives, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio.
(Nine lives and still no Oscar, sigh.)
In an interview with Wired, DiCaprio spoke in detail about his close calls with disasters.
First, the time he almost got bit by a great white shark:
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“A great white jumped into my cage when I was diving in South Africa,” DiCaprio said. “Half its body was in the cage, and it was snapping at me. I sort of fell down to the bottom [of the cage] and tried to lie flat. The great white took about five or six snaps an arm’s length away from my head. The guys there said that has never happened in the 30 years they’d been doing it. It flipped itself back out again. I have it on video. It’s insane.”
Next the time he went skydiving and the parachute malfunctioned:
“The other one was the skydiving incident,” he said. “It was a tandem dive. We pulled the first chute. That was knotted up. The gentleman I was with cut it free. We did another free fall for like another 5, 10 seconds. I didn’t even think about the extra chute, so I thought we were just plummeting to our death. He pulled the second, and that was knotted up too. 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. [Laughs.] And he finally unravels it in midair.”
And finally, the time his flight to Russia almost combusted:
“I was in business class, and an engine blew up in front of my eyes,” DiCaprio told Wired. “It was right after ‘Sully’ Sullenberger landed in the Hudson. I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball. I was the only one looking out at the moment this giant turbine exploded like a comet. It was crazy. They shut all the engines off for a couple of minutes, so you’re just sitting there gliding with absolutely no sound, and nobody in the plane was saying anything. It was a surreal experience. They started the engines back up, and we did an emergency landing at JFK.”
Let’s not forget the time he was on a sinking ship and was stuck in the water without a life jacket or floatation device.
Oh wait...that was Titanic.
To be fair, DiCaprio’s adventures sound like a blockbuster movie, but with better endings.