Leonardo DiCaprio was Michael Mann’s choice as James Dean in a 1990s biopic, but looked too young

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Revealed: Leonardo DiCaprio did an ‘wonderful’ display screen take a look at for James Dean biopic within the ’90s however venture was SCRAPPED as a result of he appeared ‘too younger’ director Michael Mann says

Michael Mann has revealed he wished Leonardo DiCaprio to star in a James Dean biopic again within the Nineties, however put the venture on maintain as a result of Leo appeared too younger for the half.

In an interview with Deadline, the director, 79, defined he determined to place the venture on the backburner and give attention to the 1995 movie Warmth, starring Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer, whereas hoping his chosen main man may age into the half. 

The Academy Award winner described the screenplay for the Dean venture and Leo’s potential efficiency as ‘good.’  

Brilliant: Mann called the screen play about Dean's life 'brilliant,'

Biopic: Director Michael Mann revealed he wished to solid Leonardo DiCaprio in a Nineties biopic in regards to the late James Dean, however put the venture on the again burner as a result of the Titanic actor appeared too younger

‘After which it’s who the hell may play James Dean? And I discovered a chap who may play James Dean, however he was too younger. It was Leo. We did a display screen take a look at that’s fairly wonderful. I believe he should’ve been 19 on the time.’

‘And from one angle, he completely had it with him. I imply, it’s brilliance. He would flip his face in a single course and we see a imaginative and prescient of James Dean, after which he’d flip his face one other course and it’s no, that’s a younger child.’

James Dean is finest often called the Insurgent With out a Trigger and for his Oscar nominated roles in East of Eden and Big.

Screen icon: James Dean is a screen icon best known for as the Rebel Without a Cause as well as his Oscar nominated roles in East of Eden and Giant

Display icon: James Dean is a display screen icon finest identified for because the Insurgent With out a Trigger in addition to his Oscar nominated roles in East of Eden and Big

The actor, who had began to take part in automobile racing, died in an car accident whereas driving to take part within the Salinas Street Race in 1955. 

His dying was mourned around the globe.

In later years, the Revenant star spoke to Deadline in regards to the affect Dean had on his profession. 

Inspired: Leo, 47, says his career has been inspired by Dean's. 'I remember being incredibly moved by Jimmy Dean, in East of Eden. There was something so raw and powerful about that performance'/Pictured NY 2021

Impressed: Leo, 47, says his profession has been impressed by Dean’s. ‘I bear in mind being extremely moved by Jimmy Dean, in East of Eden. There was one thing so uncooked and highly effective about that efficiency’/Pictured NY 2021

Tragic: James Dean died tragically in an automobile accident as he was driving to participate in the Salina Road Race in 1955.  He was 24.

Tragic: James Dean died tragically in an car accident as he was driving to take part within the Salina Street Race in 1955.  He was 24. 

‘I bear in mind being extremely moved by Jimmy Dean, in East of Eden. There was one thing so uncooked and highly effective about that efficiency. His vulnerability…his confusion about his total historical past, his id, his desperation to be beloved. That efficiency simply broke my coronary heart.’

The Titanic actor was about 23 when the blockbuster that will change his life was launched in 1997, a 12 months youthful than Dean on the time of his dying, however Mann felt DiCaprio nonetheless appeared to younger to tackle the a part of the display screen icon. 

That put The Final of the Mohicans director within the unenviable place of not eager to make the venture together with his actor of alternative.  ‘He respectfully undid the James Dean bio for me.’ 

Heat: Michael Mann, 79, focused on making the 1995 film Heat with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, hoping Leo would age into the part of James Dean

Warmth: Michael Mann, 79, centered on making the 1995 movie Warmth with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, hoping Leo would age into the a part of James Dean

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