As we delve further into the month of October, the time has come for many of us to watch our favorite Halloween movies and TV episodes. And there's few more beloved Halloween movies than Disney's Hocus Pocus, which usually airs regularly on Freeform at the end of the month. The 1993 classic movie features iconic performances by Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, but the storyline was also very focused on the characters Max and Dani. The former was played by child actor Omri Katz, but it turns out that Leonardo DiCaprio was also up for the part. Director Kenny Ortega recently recounted that process, and why he knew they probably wouldn't land the younger for the lead character.
Kenny Ortega's comments to EW highlight what a hot commodity Leonardo DiCaprio was at a young age. It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio's acting chops were apparent from the jump, leading to a variety of exciting movie roles at his fingertips. And while it would have been great to see him light the black flame candle in Hocus Pocus, he probably made the right choice acting opposite Johnny Depp and snagging an Oscar nom for What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Because Leonardo DiCaprio was a rather successful child actor before breaking out into the main stream as an adult in Titanic. He was a series regular on Growing Pains and portrayed a harrowing tale of teen drug abuse with Basketball Diaries. He could have became even more of a 90's icon by playing Max Dennison in Hocus Pocus, but it all seemed to work out perfectly in the end. Omri Katz was many a 90s kids' first crush, and DiCaprio had a life of heartthrob-ness in his future.
Hocus Pocus will be playing over on Freeform throughout the end of October, and an upcoming TV movie has just been announced as well.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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