After the studio rejected DiCaprio’s casting for Sam Raimi’s revisionist Western movie “The Quick and the Dead” in 1995, Leonardo DiCaprio told E! News that he had “many times” expressed gratitude to Sharon Stone for covering the actor’s wages. Stone was excited to work with DiCaprio, who was fresh off an Oscar-nominated groundbreaking role in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” She was prepared to pay to have DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in the movie, as she insisted on having them both.
DiCaprio recounted, “She said, ‘These are the two actors I want to work with. It’s incredible. She’s been a huge champion of cinema and giving other actors opportunities, so I’m very thankful. I’ve thanked her many times. I don’t know if I sent her an actual, physical thank-you gift, but I cannot thank her enough.”
Stone played a gunslinger in “The Quick and the Dead,” where she visited a frontier community and got into a fight with the chieftain (Gene Hackman). She disclosed that she covered the cost of DiCaprio’s pay personally after the studio TriStar Pictures declined to cast him in her 2021 biography, “The Beauty of Living Twice.” Stone said that she tried out a few teenage actors for the part of The “kid” but “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.” “Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?” the studio reportedly asked Stone. “The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did,” Stone went on.
Inside her memoirs, Stone said, “Getting a producer credit as an actress is often thought of in my business as a ‘vanity deal,’ meaning they pay you for the job but shut the fuck up and stay out of the way. I won’t accept a vanity deal and let them know that upfront. This is illegal, I say, and I like to work within the law. That gets a lot of silence and not a lot of joy on the other end.” “The Quick and the Dead” debuted in 1995 alongside other films featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, including “Total Eclipse” and “The Basketball Diaries.” Upon the triumph of James Cameron’s “Titanic,” DiCaprio’s career took off. As the lead in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the Oscar winner is presently showing in theatres.