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Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Pretty Atrocious Voice' Kept Him Out Of 'Moulin Rouge'

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Leonardo DiCaprio's atrocious voice kept him out of "Moulin Rouge." | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Come what may, except for Leonardo DiCaprio ever starring in a musical. Speaking to Variety's Jenelle Riley, the 39-year-old actor revealed that he discussed 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" with director Baz Luhrmann, but was gonged before getting too far along in the audition process.

"To be honest, I'm not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice," DiCaprio said. "But we had a friendly thing where it was me and him and a piano player, and we tried to sing a song together. It didn't go too well. I think it was 'Lean on Me,' and when I hit the high note, he just turned to me. 'Yes, D, I don't know if this conversation should continue.'"

DiCaprio was up for the role that eventually went to Ewan McGregor, but it all worked out in the end: DiCaprio, who played Romeo in Luhrmann's adaptation of "Romeo & Juliet," would reunite with the Australian director for 2013's "The Great Gatsby." He did not sing in that film.

For more on DiCaprio, including how he turned down an opportunity to appear in "Hocus Pocus," head to Variety.

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