Watch: Leonardo DiCaprio’s 1983 Audition for ‘The Outsiders’

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Leonardo DiCaprio turns 41 today, though there’s no doubt that being on the far side of forty will affect his career as a leading man in any major way. He still challenges himself in roles, such as the upcoming The Revenant, and will undoubtedly be filming some new project with Martin Scorsese sooner rather than later.

But there was a time when DiCaprio didn’t get to star in any role of his choosing. Of course, that was over thirty years ago, when as a preteen DiCaprio auditioned for the role of Ponyboy Curtis in 1983’s The Outsiders. DiCaprio obviously didn’t get the part — it went to the older C. Thomas Howell instead — but it kicked off a remarkable career for the young actor.

Check out the brief clip above!

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