Women swoon over him, men want to be like him and he still remains a sought after bachelor- Leonardo DiCaprio. He shot to fame with his role of Jack Dawson in Titanic and has gone on to star in some of the most amazing movies Hollywood has given us such as inception, Wolf of Wall Street and The Revenant. Check out these 10 facts bout Leonardo DiCaprio that you might not have known before.
#1. The Name
Ever wondered why does his name sound so familiar with the Italian Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci? It’s cause he was named after him. There is a story that suggests Leo’s mother was looking at a portrait of da Vinci in Italy when baby Leo kicked for the first time and thus he was named after the legendary artist.
#2. The environmentalist
A few years ago, DiCaprio bought a 104- acre island in Belize on which he plans to build the world’s first Eco-restorative resort. The resort will be called ‘Blackadore Caye: A Restorative Island’. It will act as a rehabilitation source not just for guests but also for the environment.
#3. Can Speak Italian and German
Leonardo DiCaprio’s mother is of German descent and his father is Italian and German. He spent a major part of his childhood with his maternal grandparents in West Germany. Due to his time there, he can speak German.
#4. Battling OCD
DiCaprio has opened up about his struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In his 2004 biopic, he played the role of Howard Hughes- an American tycoon and entrepreneur who struggled from OCD too. Leo stated that as they shared the same condition, he could sympathize with his character. He mentioned that he has an urge to walk through doorways several times and step on chewing gum stains.
#5. A Change of name
When Leo was 11 and looking for an acting job, his agent recommended that he change his name to Lenny Williams for wider appeal as his original name sounded too ethnic. The agent would not sign him until he changed his name. 2 years later, Leo was signed by another agent with his original name.
#6. The ‘Pussy Posse’
During their initial days when they were all kids and auditioning together, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, David Blaine and Kevin Connolly became good friends and formed a grouped that they named ‘pussy posse’ – a group which was notorious for chasing women
#7. Never done drugs
#8. Trade Coffee
In collaboration with “La ColombreTorrefaction”, DiCaprio started a line of trade coffee called LYON. 100% of the profits from this are donated to environmental charities that he supports.
#9. Never Been Married
#10. Almost died of a shark attack
During his 2006 diving expedition to Cape Town, South Africa, he came face to face with a Great white Shark wherein he was just a few feet away from the shark.