The ultimate Martin Scorsese showdown: Robert De Niro vs. Leonardo DiCaprio

Nov 21, 2015 937

By Olivia Armstrong

In 1992, Leonardo DiCaprio was preparing to say goodbye to his yearlong gig as dreamy teen heartthrob, Luke Brower, on ABC's Growing Pains when Robert De Niro sought him out. During the casting call of This Boy's Life, Michael Calton-Jones' adaptation of Tobias Wolff's memoir of the same name, De Niro reportedly picked the 18-year-old actor out of a crowd of 400 to play the role of young, troubled Toby.

Little did the Academy Award-winning vet know that by being choosy with his co-star, he helped get the ball rolling for DiCaprio's celebrated career as teen sensation turned young Oscar bait turned Martin Scorsese's 21st century muse. Two decades and five films later, it's no secret that Scorsese and DiCaprio work well together, but has the forty-year-old actor inadvertently surpassed De Niro as the director's greatest collaborator?

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