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Leonardo DiCaprio almost played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels (2002 and 2004). “I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that, yes. I just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”
But the role went to Hayden Christensen and even he took time off after his time on Star Wars! “”I guess I felt like I had this great thing in Star Wars that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me. I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave.”
“You can’t take years off and not have it affect your career. But I don’t know — in a weird, sort of destructive way, there was something appealing about that to me. There was something in the back of my head that was like, ‘If this time away is gonna be damaging to my career, then so be it. If I can come back afterward and claw my way back in, then maybe I’ll feel like I earned it.'”
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