Leonardo DiCaprio's journey to becoming one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors wasn't without its challenges. Despite early acclaim for his role in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' alongside Johnny Depp in 1993, the industry's complete backing wasn't immediate.
In 1995, Sharon Stone, while producing 'The Quick and the Dead,' recognized DiCaprio's talent and pushed for his casting despite the studio's reluctance. She went as far as personally financing his involvement in the film.
DiCaprio, now a megastar, openly credits Stone for this career-changing opportunity, expressing gratitude for her amazing support. His rise from that point onward is a testament to his talent and the pivotal role Stone played in giving him that initial push towards stardom.
After that, DiCaprio had a great career, and he often thanked Sharon Stone, who played an important role in his career. Without her, Di Caprio would have had a hard time stringing together successes in his career and gaining such fame.
"I've thanked her many times. I don't know if I sent her an actual, physical thank you gift, but I cannot thank her enough."- Di Caprio said. "She said, ‘These are the two actors I want to work with,'" he said. "It's incredible.
She's been a huge champion of cinema and giving other actors opportunities, so I'm very thankful."
Sharon Stone on Leonardo DiCapio
Leonardo DiCaprio wowed Sharon Stone during the audition. She was so impressed by his talent that she was ready to finance his role.
"This kid named Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one who nailed the audition, in my opinion: he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene. The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did."- Stone said.