his upcoming wintry epic “The Revenant,” Leonardo DiCaprio plays a 19th-century frontiersman who survives a vicious bear attack and goes on to stare death in the face multiple times. Which, believe it or not, isn’t much unlike Leo’s real life.
In a new interview with WIRED, the 41-year-old actor recounts three terrifying times he’s almost died — and that’s not even including the crazy sh-t he’s done for “The Revenant,” like risking hypothermia, sleeping in animal carcasses and eating raw bison liver. It’s enough to make you want to lock poor Leo in an underground shelter.
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So without further ado, let Leo explain why his friends have described him as “the person they least want to do extreme adventures with, because I always seem to be very close to being part of a disaster.”
THE TIME HE ALMOST GOT MAULED BY A SHARK.
2. THE TIME HIS RUSSIA-BOUND PLANE ALMOST COMBUSTED.Giphy“I was in business class, and an engine blew up in front of my eyes. It was right after ‘Sully’ Sullenberger landed in the Hudson. I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball. I was the only one looking out at the moment this giant turbine exploded like a comet. It was crazy. They shut all the engines off for a couple of minutes, so you’re just sitting there gliding with absolutely no sound, and nobody in the plane was saying anything. It was a surreal experience. They started the engines back up, and we did an emergency landing at JFK.”
3. THE TIME HE ALMOST FREE-FELL TO HIS DEMISE.