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Sharon Stone Paid Leonardo DiCaprio’s Salary to Secure His Role

Sharon Stone personally paid Leonardo DiCaprio's acting wage in 1995 to secure his position in Sam Raimi's Western drama, according to DiCaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio revealed that Sharon Stone personally paid his acting salary in 1995 to ensure his role in Sam Raimi’s Western drama, “The Quick and the Dead,” after the studio initially refused to cast him. 

DiCaprio expressed his gratitude, acknowledging Stone’s advocacy for fellow actors and her instrumental role in kickstarting his career.

Stone’s Role in the Casting Process:

In a conversation with E! News, DiCaprio recounted that Stone insisted on having him as one of the actors in the film. 

Stone was determined to work with DiCaprio and, facing resistance from the studio, went above and beyond by using her salary to secure his involvement in the project.

Sharon Stone previously detailed the incident in her memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice.” She explained that DiCaprio was the standout performer during auditions, and when the studio objected, she covered his salary to ensure he was cast. 

DiCaprio acknowledged Stone’s unwavering support, expressing his thanks multiple times.

Impact on DiCaprio’s Career:

“The Quick and the Dead” preceded Leonardo DiCaprio’s career-defining role in James Cameron’s “Titanic,” marking a crucial juncture in the actor’s ascent to stardom. 

Stone’s advocacy and financial gesture played a pivotal role in shaping DiCaprio’s early career trajectory.

Recent Projects and Critical Acclaim:

Leonardo DiCaprio, who most recently starred in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” continues to garner acclaim for his diverse roles. 

The film review praises DiCaprio’s performance, noting his ability to shed vanity and deliver a compelling portrayal of a morally conflicted character. 

“Killers of the Flower Moon” features DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone, offering a nuanced performance that resonates with audiences.

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