Sharon Stone has revealed that she paid a young Leo DiCaprio’s salary following a casting row on their 1995 movie The Quick and The Dead.
Stone was a producer and starred as a gunslinger in the Sam Raimi western, which also featured Russell Crowe and Gene Hackman, but fell out with the studio when they refused to cast DiCaprio in the role of The Kid.
“This kid named Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one who nailed the audition,” Stone recalls in her new memoir.
“In my opinion he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene.”
However, TriStar, the company producing the film, weren’t as impressed with the then unknown DiCaprio, and told her, “Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?’”
Stone added: “The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So, I did.”
In a recent interview, Stone said that cancel culture is “the stupidest thing I have ever seen happen”.
“I think when people say things that they feel and mean, and it’s offensive to you, it’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn and grow and understand each other,” she said.
“We all come from different ages, different cultures, different backgrounds, different things, and have had different experiences, different traumas, different upbringings, different parents, different religious backgrounds, different everything.”