Thursday, September 24, 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio Turned Down 'Hocus Pocus' - Other Child Stars Who Missed Big Roles

Leonardo DiCaprio didn't let the allure of stacks of cash put a spell on him when he was offered the role of Max in "Hocus Pocus."

The star told Variety that he turned down the lucrative part because he was hoping to score the role of Arnie Grape in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." There was just one problem -- he hadn't even auditioned for the role.

DiCaprio's faith in his acting abilities paid off when he went on to score his first Oscar nomination for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," and the role of Max went to "Dallas" actor Omri Katz. Katz's biggest post-"Hocus Pocus" roles were a stint as the son of John Larroquette's character on "The John Larroquette Show" and a reprisal of his role as John Ross Ewing in the "Dallas: J.R. Returns" TV movie.

It's kind of a bummer that we don't get to see a little Leo face off against Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy every Halloween, but if he hadn't skipped "Hocus Pocus," it's entirely possible that "The Wolf of Wall Street" star wouldn't now have four Oscar nominations to his name.

Leonardo DiCaprio isn't the only celeb who missed out on a big role as a child star. Here's a look at a few other stars who had to deal with big losses at young ages:

Taylor Momsen

Taylor was adorable as Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," so it was rather shocking to see the "Gossip Girl" actress rocking stripper heels, lingerie, and knee-high stockings after becoming the frontwoman of her own metal band, The Pretty Reckless. However, the rocker's life could have taken a much different route -- Taylor came very close to scoring the lead role in "Hannah Montana." Fortunately, she's not upset that Miley Cyrus ruined her chances of becoming a Disney darling. "Honestly, if I'd have ended up as Hannah Montana, I don't know if the show would have gone as well," she told London Sunday Times Style Magazine in 2010. "I probably would have told them all to go f*** themselves by the time I hit 11."

Christina Ricci and Evan Rachel Wood

These former child stars both auditioned for the chance to share a smooch with Brad Pitt in "Interview with a Vampire," but they lost the role of Claudia to Kirsten Dunst. However, Wood did go on to play a vampire queen on "True Blood," and Ricci got to kiss a different hunky vampire when she starred alongside Robert Pattinson in "Bel Ami." Dunst labeled her quick kiss with Pitt "disgusting," so Ricci and Wood shouldn't feel too upset about being passed over.

Shirley Temple

This legendary star was just 11 when she missed out on "The Wizard of Oz." Temple's studio refused to loan her out to MGM, so 17-year-old Judy Garland was probably relieved that she didn't have to complete with the curly-haired cutie for the opportunity to skip down the yellow brick road.

Emmy Rossum and Mara Wilson

Both of these actresses missed out on the dual lead roles in "The Parent Trap." Emmy Rossum told Celebuzz that Lindsay Lohan simply beat her out for the role, and "Matilda" actress Mara Wilson told The Daily Beast that she was too young when she auditioned. Wilson left Hollywood after her child star days, and last year she used her experience living a normal life to offer Lohan some advice. "If I were to talk to Lindsay Lohan, I'd encourage her to get the hell out of acting and into something soothing. Take up botany or something," she wrote in a Cracked article. "But she wouldn't be likely to listen to me -- and not only because I'm younger and way less hot than her. It's because she's been acting all her life, she has little education, and in her mind, there's nothing else she could do."

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