Filmmakers keep trying to kill Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ever since he fought voracious space aliens in Critters 3, his film debut, he’s had to fight to stay live on screen. His new film The Revenant runs him through a gauntlet of bear claws, blood and frostbite, but it may not be his toughest test.
Here are some of the greatest perils of Leo, listed in ascending order of risk:
Critters 3 (1991)
This straight-to-video sci-fi horror sequel marked DiCaprio’s big-screen bow, the first of many attempts to knock off Leo. He plays Josh, a scrappy kid drawn into a continuing battle against the Krites, hedgehog-sized hairballs from outer space with big teeth and an appetite for people.
The Revenant (2015)
It ain’t right to bury a man while he’s still breathing, even if he’s half-dead and bleeding from a bear mauling. DiCaprio’s woodsman Hugh Glass is made of stern stuff — have you ever wrestled a grizzly or slept naked inside a dead horse? — but even he might not survive sub-zero and sharp arrows.
Blood Diamond (2006)
There are safer jobs than smuggling guns and diamonds in Sierra Leone, but maybe none more exciting. DiCaprio’s Danny Archer enjoys the gig but knows it can’t last. He seeks a giant pink diamond that could be his ticket out of Africa and into loving arms — if his violent life doesn’t grab him first.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Known as “The Kid” in this Sam Raimi western, DiCaprio plays a gun shop owner who wants to impress a man he believes to be his pa. He needs to win a gunfighters’ contest in the dusty streets of a town called Redemption. The Kid is good, but maybe not quick enough to avoid being dead.
Cue Celine Dion singing “My Heart Will Go On” as we guess the fate of DiCaprio’s Jack Dawson, a smooth-cheeked hustler who rolls the dice on both love and the Titanic. The first bet turned out well, the second one not so much. Could this waterlogged shoot have been chillier than The Revenant?