If You Ever Had A Crush On Max From "Hocus Pocus" It's Probably Because He Was Modeled After Leonardo DiCaprio
"But, meeting him awakened me to the kind of spirit and fun, and sincerity, that I was looking for in an actor."
No doubt about it, Hocus Pocus is ~the~ movie of the Halloween season.
But let's not forget the real reason you love it: Max Dennison, who (don't lie) was probably your second sexual awakening that October — after Thackery Binx, of course.
So, imagine my surprise when, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega revealed that a young Leonardo DiCaprio actually inspired most of Max's character.
Ortega said, “The [casting] ladies called me up and they said, ‘We’re sending you an actor today, but he’s not available. But, you’re going to fall in love with him, but you can’t have him.’"
"And they send me in a young Leonardo DiCaprio, who I completely and absolutely fall in love with. He’s just the most sincere, and most centered — and a wild child — at the same time."
He was feeling awkward. He was like, ‘I just feel really bad being here because I’m up for two other movies and I really want them both, and I don’t want to lead you on.’ I was like, ‘That’s okay, I was already warned. What are the movies?’ One of them was This Boy’s Life and the other one was What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Obviously, he left and incredible things happened for that young man and to this day.