Leonardo DiCaprio Lost Out on MOULIN ROUGE Due to His 'Atrocious' Singing Voice
Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio may be able to land just about any role he sets his sites on - but one, he admits, wouldn't have worked out so well.
In a new interview with Variety, the WOLF OF WALL STREET star confessed he initially met with Baz Luhrmann about taking on the part of 'Christian' in the 2001 movie musical MOULIN ROUGE.
"We had a friendly thing where it was me and him and a piano player, and we tried to sing a song together," DiCaprio said. "It didn't go too well. I think it was 'Lean on Me,' and when I hit the high note, [Baz] just turned to me [and said]? 'Yes, D, I don't know if this conversation should continue.'"
Eventually, the part went to Ewan McGregor, who appeared alongside Nicole Kidman.
"To be honest, I'm not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice," he said.
DiCaprio is a multi-award-winning actor and a three-time Academy Award® nominee for his roles in Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, and Lasse Hallström's What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He recently starred in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Christopher Nolan's Inception, Scorsese's Shutter Island, and earned Golden Globes nominations for his recent roles in Django Unchained and J. Edgar. His credits also include starring roles in Scorsese's The Departed and Gangs of New York, James Cameron's Titanic, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Ridley Scott's Body of Lies, as well as The Quick and the Dead, The Basketball Diaries, Total Eclipse, Marvin's Room, The Man in the Iron Mask and The Beach.
Under his production company Appian Way, DiCaprio wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmentally themed documentary The 11th Hour. Among Appian Way's other productions are Shutter Island and The Aviator, as well as The Ides of March, Red Riding Hood, Orphan, Public Enemies, Out of the Furnace and Runner, Runner. DiCaprio is well known for his dedication to the environment on a global scale, spearheading numerous public awareness campaigns, and launching The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. DiCaprio serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
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