Leonardo DiCaprio almost turned down Gilbert Grape for Hocus Pocus

This 1993 Halloween movie is back at the US box office.


Incredible but true: on October 4, 2020, Hocus Pocus almost took the lead at the American box office . In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Hollywood industry is struggling to attract spectators to theaters, many of which remain closed, and most blockbusters are postponed until 2021. Studios are adapting by offering cult works instead, films for the whole family that had some success in the 1980s or 1990s. This is how this ideal children’s comedy for Halloween, which grossed 40 million dollars at Disney in the United States in 1993 for only 8 budget, won nearly $ 2 million this weekend, compared to Tenet’s $ 2.7 million , by Christopher Nolan, who narrowly held onto the top spot.

A cover that puts Kenny Ortega’s film back in the news. By the way, did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio almost played the young hero of Hocus Pocus ? At the end of 2013, just after the release – and the success – of The Wolf of Wall Street , he multiplied the interviews, while waiting for the Oscars, and during an interview with Variety , he came back in detail on the outstanding roles of his filmography. . Leo then revealed that he had almost refused the drama that truly launched his career, Gilbert Grape , for Hocus Pocus .

Also released in 1993, this achievement by Lasse Hallström followed Johnny Depp as Leo’s big brother, who despite himself became the head of the family, his mother suffering from morbid obesity being unable to take care of her children, especially her son. mentally disabled. This role earned DiCaprio his first Oscar nomination, in 1994, at just 19 years old. He had played in the TV series What’s New Doctor , and in a few films (the horrific Critters 3 and the drama Secret Wounds with Robert De Niro ), but it was truly Gilbert Grape who propelled him to the forefront of the scene, a few years before the success of Basketball Diaries , Romeo + Juliet and Titanic .

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“I was offered a lot of money to do Hocus Pocus and honestly, I don’t know where I found the courage to refuse, admitted the actor. It’s difficult when everyone tells you that you can make yourself a a lot of money signing for a film. I am proud today to have been a young man who said no to a big production and who made that choice “. A decision that finally paid off over time, since Hocus Pocus did not launch the career of its young actor, Omri Katz , who fell into oblivion shortly after its release. Yet at the box office, Hocus Pocus grossed $ 30 million more than Gilbert Grape., an indie production that has been championed by critics and has toured Hollywood ceremonies. Leo, however, had to wait until 2016 to receive his first Oscar for The Revenant .

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