In The Revenant Leonardo Dicaprio plays frontiersman Hugh Glass, who survived in the wilderness after being mauled by a bear and abandoned by members of his hunting team. But in real life the 41-year-old actor has had his fair share of near-death experiences, including a shark attack, an engine explosion on a plane and a skydiving accident.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The RevenantLeonardo DiCaprio in new film The Revenant.

Speaking to Wired, DiCaprio revealed how he has almost died three times! The first terrifying experience came when he was diving in South Africa. "A great white jumped into my cage when I was diving in South Africa. Half its body was in the cage, and it was snapping at me,” the actor recalled.

“I sort of fell down to the bottom and tried to lie flat. The great white took about five or six snaps an arm’s length away from my head. The guys there said that has never happened in the 30 years they’d been doing it.”

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Next, during a flight to Russia, DiCaprio’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine caught fire. "Then there was this Delta Airlines flight to Russia. I was in business class, and an engine blew up in front of my eyes. I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball.”

"I was the only one looking out at the moment this giant turbine exploded like a comet. It was crazy. They shut all the engines off for a couple of minutes, so you’re just sitting there gliding with absolutely no sound, and nobody in the plane was saying anything. It was a surreal experience. They started the engines back up, and we did an emergency landing at JFK."

As if a shark attack and a plane fire wasn’t enough, DiCaprio next saw his life flash before his eyes while he was skydiving. "It was a tandem dive. We pulled the first chute. That was knotted up. The gentleman I was with cut it free. We did another free fall for like another 5, 10 seconds. I didn’t even think about the extra chute, so I thought we were just plummeting to our death.”

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"And he finally unravels it in midair. The fun part was when he said, 'You're probably going to break your legs on the way down, because we're going too fast now.' So after you see your whole life flash in front of your eyes - twice - he says, 'Oh, your legs are going to get broken too.’"

When asked how he managed to avoid breaking his legs DiCaprio said, “We did, like, this barrel roll. We got bruised up, but no broken legs,” before adding that he no longer skydives. So while DiCaprio might not yet have an Academy Award, he can at least be happy in the knowledge that he certainly does have nine lives!