Leonardo DiCaprio filmed and starred in his documentary Before The Flood. The film follows him across the world in conversations with NASA scientists, experts and world leaders (including President Obama and the Pope!). It’s a huge undertaking but the star had a little bit of help.
Leo teamed up with his director and friend Fisher Stevens, who recently shared a tidbit of interesting information involving the film’s creation — Leo almost died while making the documentary.
In an interview with GQ, Fisher admitted that the second time the pair hung out, they went diving. Leo’s oxygen tank started leaking and he was put in a life-threatening situation. Fisher said:
“The second time we properly hung out together was in 2010 when I was invited to film Sylvia Earle for a TED conference expedition to the Galapagos. Leo was on the expedition. I was filming Sylvia and I had this little easy camera to shoot underwater, and he was Sylvia’s diving buddy, so I said, would you film Sylvia? And he said, ‘Yeah I love it man, I love it’. I was diving buddies with Edward Norton. So we go down and we see 300 Eagle Rays and Spotted Rays and it was an amazing dive. Leo bolts away with Sylvia, and Edward goes in front of me and the next thing I know after twenty minutes I’d lost them all. Then, I see Leo buddy breathing, because Leo’s tank was leaking oxygen, and Edward had to save him! It was pretty crazy. But he actually did get some film for me and it was good for a second and then it got pretty shaky when he couldn’t breathe. But we really bonded on that trip.”
This scary incident does have some silver lining — the pair bonded so much that they decided to make Before The Flood together.