This year Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar! The actor was first nominated in 1993 for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Since his first nomination, Leonardo had been up for the award five times in the past 21 years, and had never won until The Revenant earned him the prestigious award. This A-list actor has been around for a long time and we’ve be able to get to know him through his countless interviews, films and in various other media coverage over the years, but we dug up some information on this famous actor to present a 10 things you probably didn’t know about Leonardo DiCaprio:
10. He Has Survived a Shark Attack and Skydiving Accident
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the only adventure Leonardo DiCaprio sees is on-screen. In fact, he’s faced a few real-life life-threatening experiences that would add some extra intensity to any movie script. While filming Blood Diamond in South Africa back in 2006, Leo took a break from filming to head underwater on a shark-seeing expedition. Seemingly safe within a cage, he became trapped and things went from bad to terrible: “the tuna kind of got stuck on the top of the cage and the great white leaped out, tried to bite it and went into the cage with me. Half of its body was in and out, and I flattened down at the bottom, and it was this far away, and it chomped a few times but I survived it.” If that wasn’t enough, while enjoying a leisurely skydiving jump, his parachute failed to open in a scenario which is everyone with a fear of height’s worst nightmare. Luckily for the star, his instructor was able to untangle their second parachute and make a safe landing down below.