Leonardo DiCaprio was saved from drowning by Edward Norton

Rumours that the bear from the Revenant was responsible remain unconfirmed.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great GatsbyImage Picture Warner Bros

It sounds like something that could easily be a pivotal scene in one of his movies, but apparently Leonardo DiCaprio almost drowned earlier this year but was saved by Edward Norton while filming for a new climate change documentary.

The story comes straight form the mouth of the documentary’s director Fisher Stevens who was being interviewed by GQ when he revealed details of the incident, which happened while they were filming an underwater segment.

“I was diving buddies with Edward Norton. So we go down and we see 300 Eagle Rays and Spotted Rays and it was an amazing dive. Leo bolts away with Sylvia, and Edward goes in front of me and the next thing I know after twenty minutes I’d lost them all.

“Then, I see Leo buddy breathing, because Leo’s tank was leaking oxygen, and Edward had to save him!”

Stevens revealed the segment in question was being filmed in the Galápagos islands as DiCaprio was given the task of filming marine biologist Sylvia Earle while underwater.

It’s unclear exactly why Norton was around for the filming of this scene, as he’s not listed on IMDb as being a part of the movie. Maybe he just fancied a swim?

DiCaprio is an outspoken campaigner for climate change and even acknowledged this during his acceptance speech when he won his Academy Award for The Revenant earlier this year.

The documentary is called Before the Flood and is currently on a limited release in selected cinemas around the U.K.

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