The Revenant star Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed that he could have played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, in addition to other action leads, but rejected the offers.
According to NME, the actor confirmed that he met with iconic director George Lucas to discuss taking the role of Skywalker -- eventually given to Hayden Christensen -- in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, but decided against it.
“I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that, yes,” he said. “I just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”
DiCaprio also divulged that he was offered the role of Robin in Batman Forever and Spider-Man, ahead of Tobey Maguire -- although he reportedly hasn’t ruled out playing a superhero in future.
“You never know, you never know,” he added. “They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything.”
Christensen also recently revealed in an interview that he didn’t actively act in a lot of movies after Star Wars because he didn’t want to feel like he was merely ‘riding a wave’ and have everything given to him.
He told Los Angeles Times ‘There was something in the back of my head that was like, ‘if this time away is gonna be damaging to my career, then so be it. If I can come back afterwards and claw my way back in then maybe I’ll feel like I earned it’.