Leo DiCaprio Reveals 'Terrifying' Shark Encounter

January 07, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio reveals in an interview on Tuesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he had a close call with a great white shark he was locked in a cage with a few years ago.

The Wolf of Wall Street star recounted to Ellen that he had already developed a fear of sharks when his close call with "a gigantic great white" occurred. "I went scuba diving looking for sharks and 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."

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When asked by Ellen how he survived the close call, Leo said he doesn't know. "They actually said in 30 years this has never happened. But the tuna kind of got stuck in the top of the cage and the great white kept on and tried to bite it and went into the cage with me, and half of it's 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."

The star added about the experience, "I don't wanna do that anymore but I don't want to discount their work because they're doing great stuff, but it was absolutely terrifying."

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Watch the clip to also hear Leo talk about filming a scene in The Wolf of Wall Street in which he keeps getting ham flicked onto his face!

You can catch Leo's full interview on Tuesday's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.



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