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I wanted to be a marine biologist: DiCaprio

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio says he had other plans before stardom hit him.

entertainment Updated: Jan 22, 2012 01:39 IST

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio says he had other plans before stardom hit him.

He might be one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently revealed that he wanted to choose an environment-centric career and not acting.

“Ever since I was very young, I’ve been fascinated with nature, and I actually wanted to be a marine biologist… that was a great passion of mine. So I suppose in the off season, when I’m not making movies, I became more and more active as an environmentalist and try to be more vocal about issues that I feel are important,” says the 37-year-old, who is committed for a campaign “to save the last remaining wild tigers throughout Asia”.

Having managed to shrug off his romantic image with dramas and thrillers, Leo, as he is fondly known, has been bagging kudos for his portrayal of the first FBI director, J Edgar Hoover in the biopic, J. Edgar.

It hit Indian screens on Friday. The movie focuses on Edgar’s career and examines of his private life as an alleged cross-dressing homosexual. DiCaprio, however, dismisses the rumours.

“People think that he dressed up as a woman, but that’s ridiculous. There’s no way in a million years he would have shown up at a party dressed in a frock with lipstick on, gallivanting around with champagne,” says the actor, adding, “That story came from a woman whose husband had been thrown in the slammer by the FBI and she wanted to get back at Hoover.”