The Role Leonardo DiCaprio Turned Down Despite Being Offered ‘More Money Than I Ever Dreamed Of’

Hallie Stephens
Yahoo Celebrity

When Leonardo DiCaprio was 18, he turned down the role of Max Dennison in Disney's beloved 1993 flick "Hocus Pocus," and in a new interview with Variety, the 39-year-old actor is finally explaining why he passed on the Hollywood comedy despite being offered "more money than I ever dreamed of."

So why pass on all that cash? Leo was holding out for the role of Arnie Grape in the indie flick "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." But at the time the star turned down "Hocus Pocus," he hadn't even auditioned for the role he truly wanted. Leo told the mag, "I don't know where the hell I got the nerve. You live in an environment where you're influenced by people telling you to make a lot of money and strike while the iron's hot. But if there's one thing I'm very proud of, it's being a young man who was sticking to my guns."

And it's a good thing he did. Leo landed the role of Johnny Depp's character's mentally handicapped brother in the film and earned his first Oscar nomination for his performance. Check out the vid to see the role that could have been and be sure to tune in to "The Insider" on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.