AceShowbiz - A lot of Leonardo DiCaprio fans already know that the actor has luckily survived multiple brushes with death in the past. But if you think you've heard about all the incidents that almost claimed his life, think again.
The 41-year-old heartthob has a new documentary on climate change titled "Before the Flood". The film's director, Fisher Stevens, recently revealed in an interview with GQ that DiCaprio nearly died in 2010 before work on the project even began.
The filmmaker said that the Oscar-winning star nearly drowned on their first expedition in the Galapagos and had to be saved by Edward Norton. "The second time we properly hung out together was in 2010 when I was invited to film [oceanographer] Sylvia Earle for a TED conference expedition to the Galapagos. Leo was on the expedition," Stevens recalled.
"I was filming Sylvia and I had this little easy camera to shoot underwater, and he was Sylvia's diving buddy, so I said, 'Would you film Sylvia?' And he said, 'Yeah I love it man, I love it,' " he continued. "I was diving buddies with Edward Norton. So we go down and we see 300 Eagle Rays and Spotted Rays and it was an amazing dive."
"Leo bolts away with Sylvia, and Edward goes in front of me and the next thing I know after twenty minutes I'd lost them all," he shared. "Then, I see Leo barely breathing, because Leo's tank was leaking oxygen, and Edward had to save him!"
"It was pretty crazy. But he actually did get some film for me and it was good for a second and then it got pretty shaky when he couldn't breathe. But we really bonded on that trip," he added.
DiCaprio has also faced a lot of other near-death experiences. In an interview with a magazine last year, "The Revenant" actor said that he nearly got killed by a great white shark that broke his cage while he was diving in South Africa.
"Half its body was in the cage, and it was snapping at me. I sort of fell down to the bottom and tried to lie flat. The great white took about five or six snaps an arm's length away from my head," he recalled. "The guys there said that has never happened in the 30 years they'd been doing it."
He also witnessed an engine explosion while he was aboard a Delta Airlines flight to Russia. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Last January, he detailed the crazy skydiving incident in which both of his parachutes didn't open properly.