Michael Mann nixed his James Dean biopic over Leonardo DiCaprio’s youthful looks

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Michael Mann nixed his James Dean biopic over Leonardo DiCaprio’s youthful looks

Leonardo DiCaprio may be the king of the world, but he lost his shot at becoming a rebel without a cause.

While speaking with Deadline about his Heat sequel/prequel novel, director Michael Mann revealed that he ended up making Heat — and abandoning a planned James Dean biopic — because he grew tired of waiting for his top choice for the role, DiCaprio, to age into the part.

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“That was so weird about James Dean,” Mann said. “It was a brilliant screenplay. And then it's who the hell could play James Dean? And I found a chap who could play James Dean, but he was too young. It was Leo. We did a screen test that's quite amazing. I think he must've been 19 at the time.”

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