Leonardo DiCaprio Can Not Thank Sharon Stone Enough For Sacrificing Her Movie Salary to Cast Him When He Was Not Famous

Sharon Stone's talent instincts and astute architecture played a crucial role in Hollywood's casting ballet.

Leonardo DiCaprio Can Not Thank Sharon Stone Enough For Sacrificing Her Movie Salary to Cast Him When He Was Not Famous


  • Sharon Stone personally selected Leonardo DiCaprio for a pivotal role in the 1995 film The Quick and the Dead.
  • She willingly sacrificed her own salary to secure him the role, even though Tristar Pictures balked at hiring an unfamiliar face.
  • With the success of his recent role in Killers of the Flower Moon, DiCaprio expressed his gratitude to Stone for financing his 1995 movie paycheck.
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In the tapestry of Hollywood’s chance occurrences, Leonardo DiCaprio’s ascent is indebted to Sharon Stone’s foresight. A captivating episode in the 49-year-old’s early career occurred when an established star willingly sacrificed her movie salary to secure his role in The Quick and the Dead, a time before his fame blossomed.

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The Quick and the Dead

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The actress’s sharp selection showcased her talent instincts, fortuitously laying the groundwork for the rise of a cinematic legend.

Sharon Stone Personally Selected Leonardo DiCaprio For A Specific Role

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Sharon Stone’s infamous cross-legged scene from Basic Instinct

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In the intricate choreography of Hollywood’s casting ballet, Sharon Stone emerges as both an astute architect and a catalyst for talent.

A defining moment in the film industry’s narrative unfolded. Stone, who possessed a discerning eye for potential, personally selected the then-relatively unknown DiCaprio for a pivotal role in the 1995 film The Quick and the Dead.


This narrative finds its voice in Stone’s memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, where the Casino star delved into the story behind casting DiCaprio.

Recalling the audition, Stone asserted, “The boy Leo was the only one who really nailed in the audition,” even as Tristar Pictures balked at hiring an unfamiliar face. Determined to secure DiCaprio, Stone boldly offered to forfeit her own salary, a move she detailed with sincerity. She stated,


“The studio told me, If I wanted him so much, I could play him out of my own salary. So, I did.”

This act of intuition and foresight marked the genesis of a collaboration that resonated throughout the cinematic landscape. Stone’s choice not only propelled DiCaprio’s ascent but also enriched the narrative tapestry of the chosen film.

However, recently the reciprocity of gratitude was revealed, as DiCaprio shared how he thanked Stone for her pivotal role in financing his early career.


Leonardo DiCaprio Expresses Gratitude To Sharon Stone For Covering His 1995 Movie Salary

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Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

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In a sincere display of gratitude, Leonardo DiCaprio acknowledges the 65-year-old instrumental role in financing his 1995 movie paycheck. This cinematic partnership, as recounted by DiCaprio, sheds light on the intricate connections within Hollywood’s elite.


Stone’s altruistic gesture not only highlights the camaraderie among actors but also emphasizes the collaborative ethos fueling the industry. In a recent interview with E! News, DiCaprio expressed his repeated thanks to Stone for stepping in when the studio resisted casting him in Sam Raimi’s The Quick and the Dead despite his recent Oscar-nominated success.

Stone, fervently committed to working with DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, willingly footed the bill. DiCaprio recalled,


“She said, ‘These are the two actors I want to work with. It’s incredible. She’s been a huge champion of cinema and giving other actors opportunities, so I’m very thankful.
I’ve thanked her many times. I don’t know if I sent her an actual, physical thank-you gift, but I cannot thank her enough.”

In The Quick and the Dead, Stone played a gunslinger in a frontier town, setting the stage for a collaboration that extends beyond the screen. A connection is woven with gratitude and a shared passion for the craft.

Their shared history serves as poignant proof of that, amid the glamour of Hollywood. Genuine gestures of support and appreciation lay the groundwork for enduring professional relationships. 


Written by Muskan Chaudhary

Muskan Chaudhary, Junior Content Writer at Fandom wire. Having completed her degree in Commerce, she has written over 500 articles spanning FandomWire and Animated Times in the pop culture. She is dedicated to bring the latest and informative content from the entertainment world, thus expanding her knowledge in the field. Apart from her contributions to FandamWire, she has a keen interest in video games, sketching and playing tennis.