Omri Katz and Thora Birch in Hocus Pocus

Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Starred in ‘Hocus Pocus!’

Everyone’s most beloved actor, environmental activist, and (eventual) Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio could have been even more beloved (if that’s possible) had he taken the iconic role of Max in the world’s most wonderful Halloween movie Hocus Pocus. Director Kenny Ortega explained that DiCaprio was up for two other movies at the time, and so Ortega was informed before he auditioned that he probably wouldn’t be able to take the roll. He told Entertainment Weekly:


The [casting] ladies called me up and they said, ‘We’re sending you an actor today but he’s not available but you’re going to fall in love with him but you can’t have him.’


Omri Katz as Max

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DiCaprio ended up taking on What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? instead, but Ortega said that meeting DiCaprio made him realise what exactly it was he was looking for.


Obviously, [Leo] left and incredible things happened for that young man and to this day, but meeting him awakened me to the kind of spirit and fun and sincerity that I was looking for in an actor and when Omri Katz came around, I fell in love again and he was our Max.


Recently, a sequel to Hocus Pocus was announced, but none of the original cast have been asked back and it will be a made-for-TV film. Maybe DiCaprio will finally get his chance this time?


Leonardo DiCaprio

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