Leonardo DiCaprio's journey to acting stardom took an unexpected turn thanks to Sharon Stone. After DiCaprio's breakthrough in "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape," Stone insisted on casting him for her film "The Quick and the Dead" in 1995, despite the studio's initial refusal. Stone went so far as to personally cover DiCaprio's salary to secure him for the role alongside Russell Crowe.
Recalling the story, DiCaprio expressed gratitude, stating, “She’s been a huge champion of cinema and giving other actors opportunities, so I’m very thankful.” Stone, known for her hands-on approach in film production, emphasized her commitment to not accepting a mere "vanity deal" when producing, opting for an active role in the filmmaking process.
DiCaprio, reflecting on Stone's impactful role in his career, acknowledged, “I cannot thank her enough” for her pivotal support.