Leonardo pulls out of Mel Gibson's project
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Leonardo pulls out of Mel Gibson's project

Hollywood star Leonardo Di Caprio has opted out of Mel Gibson's historical epic on Viking culture after the latter was accused of domestic abuse.

hollywood Updated: Jul 31, 2010 12:58 IST

In wake of Mel Gibson’s domestic abuse scandal, Inception star Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly pulled out of the disgraced actor’s next project. DiCaprio was due to star in Gibson-directed flick about Vikings.

A source close to DiCaprio said the actor did not want to risk his reputation.

Leonardo Dicaprio"Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with, and Mel Gibson is not one of them," the New York Post quoted a source as telling Radaronline.com.

DiCaprio, who is fascinated by Viking culture, was due to play one in the as-yet untitled project, which was due to begin filming in the fall. The untitled film would have been the first collaboration between the two stars. Gibson’s Icon Productions and Graham King, who directed DiCaprio in The Departed, were producing the movie.

The decision has come as a major setback for 54-year-old Gibson, who is facing allegations of domestic abuse and child endangerment by ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

First Published: Jul 30, 2010 15:00 IST