For most people, having a close encounter with a great white shark would probably be a terrifying experience. For Leonardo DiCaprio, it seemed like just another day at work.
The Wolf of Wall Street star sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show and told the story about when DiCaprio got stuck in a cage with a shark while filming Blood Diamond back in 2006. The conversation started by talking about the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which the actor started in 1998 to protect endangered species and their eco systems, including sharks. DiCaprio has traveled to numerous places with the organization, including Nepal looking for endangered tigers, but it was during one scuba session with sharks that things got a little choppy.
“They actually said, ‘In 30 years, this has never happened.’ The tuna kind of got stuck on the top of the cage, and the great white leapt out and tried to bite it and went into the cage with me. Half of its body was in and out and I’m flatted down at the bottom. It was this far away and it chomped a few times, but I survived it.”
Watch DiCaprio tell the story below: