Leonardo DiCaprio almost eaten by 'gigantic' shark
It's official: Leonardo DiCaprio is a mouth-watering specimen – to a great white shark at least.
Wolf of Wall Street actor Leonardo DiCaprio reveals he was stuck in a cage with a great white shark, while he and director Martin Scorcese pick up NBR Spotlight Award.
The American actor, 39, has revealed that a great white shark "chomped a few times" at him during a "terrifying" experience when he was trapped in a cage with one.
DiCaprio told the Ellen DeGeneres Show about the ordeal, which happened when he was filming Oscar-nominated thriller Blood Diamond.
"I had a huge fear of sharks, and when I did Blood Diamond in 2006, I actually got stuck in a cage with a Great White, which was awesome," he said, on an episode of the show aired in the US last night.
"It was a gigantic Great White… they actually said in 30 years this has never happened, but the tuna kind of got stuck on the top of the cage and the Great White leapt out and tried to bite it and went into the cage with me.
"Half of its body was in and out, and I flattened down at the bottom, and it was this far away, and it chomped a few times but I survived it."
"It was absolutely terrifying," the actor added.
The incident occurred during a diving expedition in South Africa organised by a charity for the protection of endangered animals. Though he said he wouldn't be jumping into the water with any more sharks, DiCaprio said he continued to support the charity's work.
DiCaprio was appearing on the chat show to promote his new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, which opens in the UK on January 17. This Sunday the actor is up for the Best Actor award at the 2014 Golden Globes. The Wolf of Wall Street is also up for Best Picture.
Last night, DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, his director on The Wolf of Wall Street, were honoured with the Spotlight Award by film organization the National Board of Review (NBR). The award recognises their pair's longtime collaboration in film, which has included the movies Gangs of New York, The Departed and The Aviator.