Los Angeles: Leonardo DiCaprio says he declined a lucrative offer to star in hit 1993 film `Hocus Pocus` in hopes of bagging a chance to do `What`s Eating Gilbert Grape`.
The 39-year-old actor said he had not even auditioned for Lasse Hallstrom`s drama when `Hocus Pocus` came his way with a lucrative offer.
However, he rejected it in hopes to play Johnny Depp`s mentally-handicapped brother in `What`s Eating Gilbert Grape`, reportedly
"I don`t know where the hell I got the nerve to turn down `Hocus Pocus`. 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," DiCaprio said.
"But if there`s one thing I`m very proud of, it`s being a young man who was sticking to my guns," he added.