Leonardo DiCaprio reveals why he passed on ‘Star Wars’ prequels

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(LOS ANGELES) — Early in his career, Leonardo DiCaprio passed up a chance to play a role many young actors dreamt of playing: Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels.  As he explained to the U.K. men’s lifestyle magazine ShortList, the reason was simple.

DiCaprio, 35, says he met with Star Wars creator George Lucas to discuss the role, but didn’t think he was right for the part.  “[I] just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point,” recalls DiCaprio.

DiCaprio also wasn’t big on superhero movies early in his career. He turned down the chance to play the part of Robin in the Joel Schumacher-directed film Batman Forever, a role ultimately filled by Chris O’Donnell.

“As I recall I took the meeting, but didn’t want to play the role,” he explains. “Joel Schumacher is a very talented director but I don’t think I was ready for anything like that.”

DiCaprio was also approached to play Spider-Man, before his friend Tobey Maguire took the part, but tells ShortList, “That was another one of those situations, similar to Robin, where I didn’t feel ready to put on that suit yet.”

DiCaprio stars in the thriller The Revenant, opening nationwide January 8.

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