Leonardo DiCaprio talks about terrifying shark attack: Actor Leonard DiCaprio today revealed that he is terrified of sharks after narrowly escaping death while getting trapped in a cage with a great white in a freak incident in 2006 in South Africa, according to reports.
The 39-year-old Wolf of Wall Street star recalled the terrifying encounter in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying a “gigantic great white” tried to attack him when a diving expedition involving a shark cage went horribly wrong while on a break from filming Blood Diamond in Cape Town, South Africa.
“I had a huge fear of sharks, and when I did Blood Diamond in 2006 I actually got stuck in a cage with a great white, which was awesome.
“It was a gigantic great white … They actually said in 30 years this has never happened, but 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 flattened down at the bottom, and it was this far away, and it chomped a few times but I survived it,” the world-famous actor recalled, according to reports.
He added: “I don’t want to do that any more, but I don’t want to discount their work because they’re doing great stuff. But it was absolutely terrifying.”