In an interview with Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio revealed that at age 18 he turned down the part of Max Dennison in Disney's Hocus Pocus in hopes of landing the role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (which he did). That being said, he hadn't even auditioned for Gilbert Grape when he said no to the role. "I don't know where the hell I got the nerve," DiCaprio said in retrospect. "You live in an environment where you're influenced by people telling you to make a lot of money and strike while the iron's hot. But if there's one thing I'm very proud of, it's being a young man who was sticking to my guns."