Leonardo DiCaprio Auditioned for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge

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Leonardo DiCaprio has released an interesting tidbit of information – he once auditioned for the role that went to Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge. Catastrophe avoided. Apparently, Leo lost out on the part because he can’t really sing and his voice is plain terrible – at least that’s what he says. Leonardo revealed:

“To be honest, I’m not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice. But we had a friendly thing where it was me and him and a piano player, and we tried to sing a song together. It didn’t go too well. I think it was ‘Lean on Me,’ and when I hit the high note, he just turned to me.? ‘Yes, D, I don’t know if this conversation should continue’. The truth is, I honestly feel just so lucky to make movies.”

Leo also opened up on finding fame at an early age. He commented that he quickly realized how fleeting fame can be:

“When I was 14, I was on the cover of Bop and Tiger Beat. Every two months, I would see a new kid’s face, and I remember saying, ‘This is not something that lasts very long.’?”

On turning down better paying roles for parts he was genuinely interested in at an early stage, Leonardo says he is proud of himself for doing what he believed in at the time:

“I don’t know where the hell I got the nerve. You live in an environment where you’re influenced by people telling you to make a lot of money and strike while the iron’s hot. But if there’s one thing I’m very proud of, it’s being a young man who was sticking to my guns.”

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