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Margot Robbie Made Her Career By Hitting Leo DiCaprio In The Face

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Australian actress Margot Robbie broke through in Martin Scorsese's epic and controversial The Wolf Of Wall Street, where she played the trophy wife to Leonardo DiCaprio's real-life crooked stockbroker. Before that she had a few credits to her name (including the ABC series Pan Am that ended after only one season), but the Scorsese film launched her into a household name, and now she's starring alongside Will Smith in Focus.Although none of the above might've happened were it not for an impulsive decision on the part of Robbie. In a story she told to Harper's Bazaar, Robbie was auditioning for the role with DiCaprio in the presence of Scrosese when she begins flailing and looking "pathetic." "I'm failing miserably. And Leo's phenomenal. He's powerful. He can do his part and he can do your part at the same time with his eyes closed," she recalls.

In a scene that Robbie and DiCaprio perform at the audition where their characters are married and get into a fight, Robbie realizes that it's her moment to see seize what she really wants.

In my head I was like, "You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don't do something impressive nothing will ever come of it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it." And so I start screaming at him and he's yelling back at me. And he's really scary. I can barely keep up. And he ends it saying, "You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now get over here and kiss me." So I walk up really close to his face and then I'm like, "Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?" But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, Whack! I hit him in the face. And then I scream, "Fuck you!" And that's not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze. I'm thinking, "You just hit Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. They're going to arrest you because that's assault. You're definitely never going to work again, that's for sure. They'll probably sue you as well in case there's a bruise on his face and he needs to film something else."

And then all of a sudden Marty and Leo just burst out laughing. Marty says, "That was great!" Leo's like, "Hit me again!"

So there you have it. It's a story that goes to show that it takes a little more than just talent and good looks to make it in Hollywood. Sometimes you need a little luck and a lot of audacity.
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