(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – In Sharon Stone’s new memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice,” the actress recounts the difficult casting of “The Quick and the Dead,” revealing that she paid Leonardo DiCaprio’s salary because the studio didn’t want to hire him.
In the 1995 western, DiCaprio plays a freewheeling character named The Kid who befriends Stone’s Ellen after she moves to a rural town in the Old West.
Stone, who was also a coproducer on the film, wrote in her memoir, published Tuesday, that she and the producers auditioned many teens for the role.
“This kid named Leonardo DiCaprio was the only one who nailed the audition, in my opinion: he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene,” she recalled in the book.
However, Stone said TriStar Pictures, the studio that produced the film, wasn’t keen on hiring DiCaprio, who was starting his career and had yet to star in “Titanic” or “Romeo and Juliet.”
“‘Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?'” Stone said of the studio’s reply. “The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did.”