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Leonardo DiCaprio Passed Up Anakin Skywalker Role in ‘Star Wars’ Prequels

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Five-time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio could finally win that elusive Oscar for his performance in the revenge Western “The Revenant.” However, the actor reveals his career could’ve taken a different path — the path to the Dark Side.

Talking with ShortList about some of the roles he’s turned down — that of Robin in “Batman Forever,” among them, of course — DiCaprio confirms he met with George Lucas about playing Anakin Skywalker in the “Star Wars” prequels.

However, as was the case with “Batman Forever,” DiCaprio explains he “just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”

Considering his turn as Anakin led Hayden Christensen to retreat from Hollywood, DiCaprio probably made the right decision. (“I guess I felt like I had this great thing in ‘Star War’s that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me,” Christensen recently told the Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave.”)

Of course, it also means DiCaprio missed out on such epic dialogue as, “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.”