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    29 Facts That Will Completely Alter The Way You Look At Leonardo DiCaprio

    Including three near-death experiences and the time he saved a guy's life.

    1. Leo owns a 104-acre island called Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize.

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    He's turning the island into an eco-friendly resort.

    2. Leo was offered the role of Max Dennison in Hocus Pocus but turned it down for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

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    3. Leo can speak fluent German.

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    4. Leo has had three near-death experiences.

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    5. Leo survived a Great White shark attack.

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    He told Ellen he got stuck in a cage with a Great White while filming Blood Diamond.

    6. Leo survived a plane accident.

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    He told Wired: "I was in business class, and an engine blew up in front of my eyes. I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball. They shut all the engines off for a couple of minutes, so you’re just sitting there gliding with absolutely no sound, and nobody in the plane was saying anything. It was a surreal experience. They started the engines back up, and we did an emergency landing at JFK."

    7. Leo survived a skydiving accident.

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    He told Wired: "It was a tandem dive. We pulled the first chute. That was knotted up. The gentleman I was with cut it free. We did another free fall for like another five, ten seconds. I didn’t even think about the extra chute, so I thought we were just plummeting to our death. He pulled the second, and that was knotted up too. He just kept shaking it and shaking it in midair, as all my friends were, you know, what felt like half a mile above me, and I’m plummeting toward earth. [Laughs.] And he finally unravels it in midair."

    8. Leo's middle name is Wilhelm.

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    9. Leo was named "Leonardo" because he started kicking "furiously" in his mom's stomach while she was looking at a da Vinci painting in Florence.

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    Leo told NPR: "My father tells me that they were on their honeymoon at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, I believe. They were looking at a da Vinci painting, and allegedly I started kicking furiously while my mother was pregnant. And my father took that as a sign, and I suppose DiCaprio wasn't that far from da Vinci. And so, my dad, being the artist that he is, said, "That's our boy's name."'

    10. The guy on the left is Leo's dad:

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    11. In 2013, Leo donated $3 million to save tigers in Nepal.

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    In 2010, Vladimir Putin called Leo a "real man" at the International Tiger Conservation Forum in St. Petersburg. They both love tigers!

    12. At the end of 2019, Leo saved a stranger who fell overboard on a yacht in the Caribbean.

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    Leo was vacationing in St. Bart's when a distress call went out about a man falling overboard on a Club Med yacht. The people on Leo's boat decided to join the search and eventually found him.

    13. James Cameron drew Rose's portrait in Titanic, not Leo.

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    14. Leo owns a giant pet tortoise that could live up to 80 years.

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    It's an African spurred tortoise.

    15. Leo and Kate Winslet paid for the nursing home fees for the last Titanic survivor.

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    That's her, Millvina Dean.

    16. In 2013, Leo donated $61,000 to gay rights.

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    17. Leo will be one of the first space tourists. He bought a $250,000 ticket to fly on Virgin Galactic's trips to space. The trips are 90 minutes long.

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    A Russian billionaire spent $1.5 million in an auction to go with him.

    18. In 2011, Leo paid $1.2 million for a Salvador Dalí painting.

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    19. Leo's first agent wanted him to change his name to "Lenny Williams" because they thought his name was "a little too ethnic."

    20. In 2014, Leo donated $3 million to save ocean wildlife.

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    21. A woman slashed Leo's face at a party in 2005 and ended up going to prison for two years because of it.

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    22. In 2006, Nic Cage outbid Leo for a dinosaur skull. In 2015, Nic Cage had to return it because it was stolen.

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    It was a Tyrannosaurus bataar skull.

    23. Leo launched a coronavirus relief fund. He and Laurene Powell Jobs donated a combined $5 million to it.

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    24. In 2019, Leo's environmental organization donated $5 million to battle the fires in the Amazon.

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    25. In 2020, Leo's environmental organization donated another $3 million for Australia's fire relief funds.

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    26. In 2017, Leo said he would donate $20 million to climate change charities.

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    27. In 2001, 28 barbers were arrested in Afghanistan for giving men "the Titanic" haircut. The style was banned by the Taliban.

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    28. Leo's nickname for Brad Pitt is "Lover."

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    "It’s a bit confusing, but I roll with it," Brad said.

    29. Leo is older than his current girlfriend's mother.

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    Leo is dating Camila Morrone. She's 22. He's 45. Her mom is 44. The mom is the brunette in this picture.

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