When Sharon Stone paid for 21-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio in film

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: Mar 31, 2021, 07:04 PM IST


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Sharon Stone paid Leonardo DiCaprio's film salary for 'The Quick and the Dead'

Hollywood actress Sharon Stone reveals she had bet on Leonardo DiCaprio even before the world saw him and loved him in the hugely popular ‘Titanic’. In a major revelation, Sharon had paid for Leonardo’s film salary as she wanted him to be a part of her film ‘The Quick and the Dead’. 

Sharon had seen him audition for the part and felt he was the only one who nailed it. She said, "In my opinion he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene."

Sharon Stone, 63, revealed that then 21-year-old actor was hard to get as she had to convince TriStar Pictures to cast him. So when they told her that if she so wanted him in the film, she’ll have to pay for him and so she did. 

Writing in her memoir 'The Beauty of Living Twice', Sharon said: "This kid named Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one who nailed the audition.”

However, studio bosses were hesitant and asked her: "Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?"

Sharon added: "The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did."

The movie also starred Gene Hackman and Russell Crowe while Sharon Stone played a new gunslinger in town who clashed with the local leader. It was directed by Evil Dead filmmaker Sami Rami.