That Time Leonardo DiCaprio Auditioned For Hocus Pocus

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As we delve additional into the month of October, the time has come for many people to observe our favourite Halloween movies and TV episodes. And there is few extra beloved Halloween films than Disney’s Hocus Pocus, which normally airs repeatedly on Freeform on the finish of the month. The 1993 traditional film options iconic performances by Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, however the storyline was additionally very targeted on the characters Max and Dani. The previous was performed by little one actor Omri Katz, nevertheless it seems that Leonardo DiCaprio was additionally up for the half. Director Kenny Ortega just lately recounted that course of, and why he knew they most likely would not land the youthful for the lead character.

The [casting] girls referred to as me up they usually mentioned, ‘We’re sending you an actor at the moment however he isn’t out there however you are going to fall in love with him however you’ll be able to’t have him.’ I am like, ‘Why are you teasing me?’ They have been like, ‘You must see this man as a result of he’ll encourage you and if nothing else, he’ll enable you discover the fitting man to play Max.’ They usually ship me in a younger Leonardo DiCaprio, who I utterly and completely fall in love with. He is simply probably the most honest and most centered and a wild little one on the similar time. He was feeling awkward. He was like, ‘I simply really feel actually unhealthy being right here as a result of I am up for 2 different films and I really need them each and I do not wish to lead you on.’ I used to be like, ‘That is okay, I used to be already warned. What are the flicks?’ Considered one of them was This Boy’s Life and the opposite one was What’s Consuming Gilbert Grape. Clearly, he left and unimaginable issues occurred for that younger man and to at the present time, however assembly him woke up me to the type of spirit and enjoyable and sincerity that I used to be in search of in an actor and when Omri Katz got here round, I fell in love once more and he was our Max.

Kenny Ortega’s feedback to EW spotlight what a scorching commodity Leonardo DiCaprio was at a younger age. It seems to be like Leonardo DiCaprio‘s appearing chops have been obvious from the leap, resulting in quite a lot of thrilling film roles at his fingertips. And whereas it could have been nice to see him mild the black flame candle in Hocus Pocus, he most likely made the fitting alternative appearing reverse Johnny Depp and snagging an Oscar nom for What’s Consuming Gilbert Grape.

Leo in Gilbert Grape

As a result of Leonardo DiCaprio was a quite profitable little one actor earlier than breaking out into the primary stream as an grownup in Titanic. He was a sequence common on Rising Pains and portrayed a harrowing story of juvenile drug abuse with Basketball Diaries. He may have turned much more of a 90’s icon by taking part in Max Dennison in Hocus Pocus, nevertheless it all appeared to work out completely in the long run. Omri Katz was many a 90s children’ first crush, and DiCaprio had a lifetime of heartthrob-ness in his future.

Hocus Pocus might be taking part in over on Freeform all through the top of October, and an upcoming TV movie has simply been introduced as properly.

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