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Leo pumps up Penn’s charity

entertainment Updated: May 23, 2011 01:12 IST

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 36, used his star power to raise money for fellow Hollywood star Sean Penn’s Haiti Foundation, during an auction at the ongoing 64th Cannes international film festival.

When DiCaprio saw that the wealthy in the room were not quick to bid, he jumped on-stage, grabbed the mic and pledged 50,000 euros at the Cinema for Peace fund-raiser. He then called on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin to match it, which they did.

The star’s effort helped Penn’s organisation raise more than 750,000 euros to help rebuild the earthquake-devastated country. The Oscar winning actor spoke persuasively before auctioning off a rare chance to walk the red carpet with him and festival jury Uma Thurman for charity.