Leo DiCaprio Auditioned for 'Moulin Rouge': 5 Ways It Would've Been Totally Different

Imagine, if you dare, the role of Christian in Moulin Rouge played not by star Ewan McGregor, but instead by Leonardo DiCaprio. Weird, right? Turns out that if our boy Leo had been a better singer than he is, that might've been exactly what would've happened in the Baz Luhrmann epic. Turns out Leo DiCaprio auditioned for Moulin Rouge. The the role ultimately went the other way, but it's funny to imagine what a Moulin Rouge would look like with DiCaprio in the driver's seat instead.

Something tells us it would've made it that much harder to get over our I'll-Never-Let-Go-Jack impression of him.

So we've decided to do just that: imagine a word with Leo instead of Ewan and the results may, well, surprise you. Click ahead to see the differences the casting would made — at least in our nutty minds.

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His Character Would've Become a Slam Poet

Because as Leo himself said in the interview with Variety, homeboy can’t sing:

“To be honest, I’m not really prepared to do a musical, simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice. But we had a friendly thing where it was me and him and a piano player, and we tried to sing a song together. It didn’t go too well. I think it was ‘Lean on Me,’ and when I hit the high note, he just turned to me. ‘Yes, D, I don’t know if this conversation should continue.’”

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Their True Love Would've Come Across Way Creepier

What is this, Moulin Rouge, the story of the cougariest dancer in all of Paris?

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Spry and Spritely Christian? No Way

Leo, especially in the early aughts, was all about reclaiming himself as an actor rather than a heartthrob. Christian would’ve been a brooding brute rather than a cackling kook.

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Christian and Satine's Love Wouldn't Have Been Convincing

That whole “true and everlasting love” thing doesn’t really seem to be in his wheelhouse unless he’s the one that dies at the end.

The Film's Crying Scenes Would've Been GREAT, Though

Because if Leo was good at one thing in the late nineties/early aughts, it was crying.

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