Leonardo DiCaprio had the chance to star in three major film franchises, but shot them all down for more or less the same reason: he didn't think he was ready.
Talking to ShortList, DiCaprio admitted that he had the chance to play Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy, Robin in Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin and Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man films.
DiCaprio said he took meetings with all three directors who expressed interest in bringing him onboard their projects. He added that his reason for shooting down the roles came from a mixture of not being overly interested in pursuing that kind of acting and not feeling like he was ready for those kinds of films.
"As I recall I took the meeting, but didn't want to take the roll," DiCaprio told the site about Schumacher's offer to play Robin. "I don't think I was ready for anything like that."
DiCaprio had similar responses to questions about Spider-Man and Star Wars, but admitted that despite not feeling ready for those types of roles back then, he wasn't saying no to genre roles in the future.
"They're getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies," he said. "I don't rule anything out."
After seeing the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, maybe DiCaprio would be willing to take on a role in the sci-fi world now.