Leonardo DiCaprio Drops Out of Mel Gibson’s Viking Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

We haven’t covered the whole Mel Gibson scandal that’s been sweeping all the gossip news sites, but now we have an excuse to do so, as it’s having a direct effect on an upcoming movie that we here at Screen Rant are were looking forward to.

Awhile back we reported that Gibson was going to be directing Leonardo DiCaprio in an untitled Viking movie. The film’s script is being handled by William Monahan, which would have reunited him with DiCaprio after The Departed and Body of Lies. However, as a result of the latest Gibson scandal it (sadly) appears as though DiCaprio has left the project.

Radar Online (the website that got ahold of the Gibson audio tapes) has exclusively “confirmed” DiCaprio’s departure from the Viking project, citing a source that says, “Not a chance,” in regards to whether DiCaprio would continue with his plans to be directed by Gibson for the first time.

I’m sure there will be some sort of announcement made citing the usual “creative differences” as the reason for DiCaprio no longer starring in the movie, but more than likely the scandal is the direct reason. “Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with and Mel Gibson is not one of them,” said a source close to DiCaprio.

It’s understandable that DiCaprio would want to distance himself from Gibson at this point, but at the same time, I personally don’t think a person’s personal life and behavior should affect people’s view of their work. For example, just because Tom Cruise acted the way he did a few years back does not change the fact that he’s a brilliant actor when he chooses the right projects.

Am I the only one who holds that opinion?

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If this news is true it’s a shame because I was really looking forward to Gibson and DiCaprio working together for the very first time (I’m actually surprised they haven’t before now). DiCaprio had expressed interest in the Viking film by revealing he has a strong interest in the culture. It certainly wouldn’t have hurt to have the lead actor be someone genuinely interested in the material.

Gibson’s directorial career so far has been impressive – I particularly enjoyed Apocalypto. Presumably the Viking epic will still go ahead without DiCaprio starring, but if it does then that might be it for Gibson, as it was previously reported that this could be his last film as a director.

I’d be interested to hear all your thoughts on this: Should DiCaprio drop out of the project because of Gibson’s behavior? Should someone’s work be judged because of their personal life? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Radar Online

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  1. Can’t see Leo as a Viking. He’s too plushy and his voice is not that…manly, I guess. I love Gibson. I don’t care about his personal life except that I hope he gets it together and haves a happy life. Leo just wouldn’t work. Daniel Craig, Gerard Butler, heck yes! Even Gibson could play a Viking. I would like to see that very much!

  2. An artists personal life shouldn’t reflekt his work, you don’t ask the waiter if the chef is “a nice guy” before you enjoy hes work, how many mean artists have done beautiful paintings, we don’t know. If someone recorded you when you were furious, you proberly wouldn’t sound like a good person either. It would have been “fine” if di caprio stayed on the project and said for a comment “That’s personal stuff, we wont let that come and interfere with our work” but itstead he enhances the whole thing and mixes work with a mans personal problems and jump off, just to make a point that’s it’s not okay to get furious, because someone might record you and use it against you.

  3. I pray that this movie gets made…. I have no doubt that this will be the next Brave-Heart x100. Hopefully it’s a true tale with no fantasy and spoken in the old language with subtitles. Mel if you need a background drunkard Norseman I’m in like sin.

    ps Hollywood’s a facade.

  4. I love Mel Gibson. A wonderful actor and great guy and one of the best directors ever.

  5. Good. Probably doesn’t have a gay scene in it anyway. Vikings didn’t like that much.

  6. I freaken love Mel movies.

    I wish he can make more for hollyweird