Leonardo DiCaprio will be forever grateful to Sharon Stone, who in 1995 paid for the then 21-year-old aspiring actor out of her own pocket.
Sharon Stone back in 1995, the Faster than death In the case of the film, he tried to persuade the studio to cast the then 21-year-old DiCaprio in one of the roles. He was very keen to work with the young actor and insisted that he appear in the film.
However, the actress was told that DiCaprio could only get the role if Stone covered her salary, as Tristar Pictures was not willing to spend money on the then-unknown actor.
Leonardo DiCaprio recently a Smothered flowers gave an interview about the film. He also revealed that he is still grateful to Sharon Stone for this gesture.
He gives opportunities to other actors and for that I am very grateful to him. I have thanked you many times. I don’t know if I’ve ever sent a real, tangible thank you gift, but I can’t thank him enough
Sharon Stone published a book in 2021 The Beauty of Living Twice with title. In it, he wrote that “this kid named Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one in my opinion who captured the essence of the role in the audition: he was the only one who came in and cried and begged for his father’s love as he died in the scene.”
He also recalled that the studio was not thrilled, asking the actress, “Why would you want an unknown for the part, Sharon? Why do you always shoot yourself in the foot?”.
The studio said that if I wanted him that much, I could pay for it out of my own salary. So I did it