I got the role because I slapped Leonardo DiCaprio: Margot Robbie

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2015 17:17 IST

Margot Robbie would have never thought slapping Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio during the The Wolf of Wall Street audition would land her the role but it turned out to be exactly that.

The 24-year-old actor recalled the moment while promoting her upcoming film Focus, reported People magazine.

Robbie had an intense scene to perform with DiCaprio at the audition for the part of the star's wife, Naomi in the 2013 film.

Though the actor did not plan to hit him, Robbie changed her mind in a matter of few seconds when she realised she had little time to impress the makers.

"In my head I was like, 'You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don't do something impressive nothing will ever come of it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it,' " Robbie said.

The first scene together quickly turned out of control, she added, creating the perfect tension for their reckless coupling in the film.

"And so I start screaming at him (Leo) and he's yelling back at me. And he's really scary. I can barely keep up. And he ends it saying, 'You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now get over here and kiss me,'" she recalled.

"So I walk up really close to his face and then I'm like, 'Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?' But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, 'Whack!' I hit him in the face. And then I scream, 'And that's not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze."

Quickly, the Australian-born actor reeled from her bold choice, her mind racing with thoughts about possible repercussions.

"I'm thinking, 'You just hit Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. They're going to arrest you because that's assault. You're definitely never going to work again, that's for sure. They'll probably sue you as well in case there's a bruise on his face and he needs to film something else.'"

Robbie not only bagged the role but her work in the film earned her praise from critics and multiple award nominations.

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