Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio recently opened up about an extraordinary act of kindness from actress Sharon Stone that paved the way for his entry into a pivotal role in Sam Raimi’s Western drama ‘The Quick and the Dead’ back in 1995. DiCaprio expressed his profound gratitude toward Stone for her intervention when a studio was hesitant to hire him for the project.
In a conversation with E! News, DiCaprio shared his appreciation for Stone’s support, stating, “She said, ‘These are the two actors I want to work with.’ It’s incredible. She’s been a huge champion of cinema and giving other actors opportunities, so I’m very thankful. I’ve thanked her many times. I cannot thank her enough.”
This act of generosity was also recounted by Sharon Stone in her memoir ‘The Beauty of Living Twice,’ where she detailed the incident. Stone revealed that DiCaprio’s audition had left an indelible impression, but the studio proposed that if she was adamant about casting him, she could pay his salary from her own earnings. Without hesitation, Stone opted to cover DiCaprio’s salary herself to secure his involvement in the project.
‘The Quick and the Dead’ preceded DiCaprio’s meteoric rise with the blockbuster ‘Titanic,’ marking a turning point in his career. His recent appearance in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ alongside Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone, garnered critical acclaim for his nuanced portrayal.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s acknowledgment of Stone’s pivotal role in his career exemplifies the impact of mentorship and support within the entertainment industry, highlighting the profound gratitude he holds for Stone’s instrumental act that helped shape his Hollywood journey.
Sources By Agencies