Before Acting, Leonardo DiCaprio almost became a professional breakdancer

The Oscar Award winner is known for his many performances, but did you know he almost quit acting to pursue a professional career as a break-dancer?

By Ingrid Mateos


Leonardo DiCaprio (AFP)

Leonardo DiCaprio has many hidden talents, film producer, activist, and environmentalist. he is known for his many roles in iconic films but what most people do not know is that the American actor thought at a tender age that he was going to pursue another career instead of acting.

At eleven years old, Leonardo DiCaprio knew that his dream was to become an actor and his parents had an idea about it thanks to the impersonations he did of every person he encountered. His parents were divorced but always demonstrated his support by showing him art and educating him. Or better said, trying to educate him, because DiCaprio revealed he did not like school. “Math is just the worst. To this day, I can’t concentrate on it .” Then, what was he doing instead of studying? He would often perform in front of many of his schoolmates during lunchtime.  “I had this one science class where the teacher would give me ten minutes after the class ended and I would get up and do improv” We need more cool teachers like this one. He was so invested in break dancing, that he won second place in a German break-dancing contest but He modestly said that it was a small thing.


And like most kids at that young age, he had a nickname thanks to his skills “The Noodle.” "That’s from way, way back when I was a little kid, in my pop-locking days,” But what made him consider this path? He had been in small roles when he was 10 years old sporting a punk haircut because he was intro break dancing but was constantly rejected on castings because of his looks. "I kept getting rejected by agents. I think because I was a breakdancer at the time and had crazy haircuts..." the star told the Los Angeles Times.  In a casting call, “they brought five kids in just to see their look and if they’d be right for acting. I swear to God, it felt like we were a row of meat. The lady looked at me and at the other kids, saying, ‘Not him, not him, not him. You stay.’ I was one of the ‘not hims.’”

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On his way home he was crying all the route, and his father, who always supported him gifted him with what could be described as a premonition. ‘Someday, Leonardo, it will happen for you. Remember these words. Just relax.’ 

As an adult, Leonardo DiCaprio has addressed this with some bad news “Now don’t ask me to break-dance, because I’ve since lost my moves.” Everyone knows this is a blatant lie. Let's remember he danced a kind. of Irish routine with Kate Winslet in 'Titanic', in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' we can find a shimmy there. In 'The Great Gatsby' he slow-dances. We can find a resemblance of his younger days, in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' when he is celebrating a wedding. Also, Leo was spotted dancing like nobody was watching in 2019 at Diddy's 50th birthday.

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