Skip to comments.Leonardo DiCaprio Pulling Out Of Mel Gibson Movie
Posted on 07/29/2010 3:55:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Leonardo DiCaprio is withdrawing from a Mel Gibson-directed flick about vikings in the wake of the domestic abuse scandal, RadarOnline.com has exclusively confirmed.
Not a chance, said a source, close to the Inception star, when asked if he was still planning to star in Gibsons next project.
The decision is a major setback for the Oscar-winning actor/director, who is facing allegations of domestic abuse and child endangerment.
It also lends support to critics who are suggesting Mel wont be able to recover from the Oksana Grigorieva scandal.
Oksana, 40, has accused Gibson, 54, of punching her in the face twice as she held their infant daughter Lucia during a domestic dispute at his Malibu mansion on January 6.
After allegedly hitting Oksana on the head and mouth, she has claimed, Mel then choked her.
Detectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department detectives are investigating the allegation along with Mels claim that Oksana tried to extort him with threats of a scandal.
Mel was interviewed on Sunday but refused to answer questions about the incident, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Mels profane-laced rants, recorded by Oksana and obtained by RadarOnline.com, are laced with racial slurs -- including the N-word -- and demands for repeated sexual favors.
The viking film was to be DiCaprios first picture with Mel.
A source close to DiCaprio said the star, who is currently basking in the release of his wildly acclaimed box-office topping movie Inception, did not want to risk his reputation, with being associated with Mel.
Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with and Mel Gibson is not one of them, the source added.
The as-yet untitled project is being produced by Graham King and Mels Icon Productions.
Variety had previously reported DiCaprio had long been fascinated by Viking culture and was poised to play one in a storyline that will be as unsparing as Mels other hit period directing efforts, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
Before DiCaprios withdrawal, shooting was slated to begin in fall 2010.
Comment is being sought from DiCaprio.
Do you really, really think that his fan base really, really cares who he does a film with?
Quick, do you think his fan base can actually name the last three producers he worked for?
IMDB lists DiCaprio as 6’ and Day-Lewis as 6’1”.
And I doubt I would take them seriously as the premier Five Points bare knuckle badass. At least D.D. Lewis had the whole "master of knives" thing going for him.
Directors are quite a bit more visible, especially someone like Mel. FWIW, off the top of my head Nolan, Mendes and Scorsese.
I think his fanbase is changing quite a bit. I know a lot of guys who used to dislike him, but have come around recently.
I think you would be surprised. College wrestlers tend to be pretty believable as fighters.
You are judging it from a simply weight/height perspective based on your habits. I am 6’4” and 195, by your standard I am skinny. I am not, I keep in good shape and you can not see any bone and I run 20-30k a week.
A person who doesn’t work out and weighs 30’bs over the frames suggested maximum is overweight. Your body should not carry any more weight than what is necessary to maintain your lifestyle.
BTW those aren’t USDA regs(CDC actually does it for the Gov’t, and the military has their own reg’s.). The very first h/w table was created by a life insurance company who studied over the long haul what a persons height weight should be. Universities have also done studies. THe biggest question really isn’t the height weight but the BMI to height/weight. If you are 5’11” in the army, weigh 200, and have a High BMI you are red flagged for being overweight. The military tends to offer a higher weight per height limit than most other charts because they realize the lifestyle in the military will require that.
So perhaps let’s use the Military’s table and say that a 5’11” man at the age of 28-39 shouldn’t weigh no more than 194lbs.
That is fascinating. I had always imagined them as much bigger, even back then.
Thanks for that!!!
Speaking of pulling out, too bad DiCaprio’s father didn’t sooner.
Compared to their European counterparts they were taller though, which is why they are probably romanticized like they are.
FWIW I am of Swedish decent and I am 6’4”. I think I would have caused some fear in the English back in the Viking Era.
I can see your point. See my reference to Richard Burton.
I don’t think it’s DiCaprio’s body as much as it is his face.
He has a round, flat face, a pasty complexion and little, deep-set eyes. To look at his face you’d think he was a short, Pillsbury doughboy.
“And Mel did not so much abandon his wife as wanted to make beautiful music with a woman who could bring him more children.”
Bwaaahhh haaa haaa haaaaaaa!! Thanks for the laugh.
Oh, wait...were you serious?
Russell Crowe could play a convincing Viking. I bet he wouldn’t care what the latest tabloid on Mel Gibson is either.
Not hardly. Here's the list.
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Looks like I was misremembering and it was the majority of directors I like that signed the list. Why oh why couldn’t it be Michael Bay and McG that supported him instead of Scorsese?
He is thinking for himself, and right now hooking up with Gibson is the worst thing he could do.
Why not Mel himself? I'm sure Viking warriors occasionally smacked their women around, Gibson is a natural.
Isn't that a good enough reason? Mel Gibson is poison in Hollywood and with a lot of the viewing public right now. His last film was a dud. After 'Inception' DeCaprio is flying high and can have any role he wants, at any price he chooses to name. Signing on to a Gibson film certainly could jeopardize that.
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