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Leonardo DiCaprio retells scary plane story on Ellen DeGeneres' show

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Leonardo DiCaprio has done it all, including swimming with the sharks, sky diving, and CG bear attacks. The scariest thing he ever experienced, however, is something he’s already described but revisited in hilarious detail on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

“I was on a plane to Russia and the engine exploded. I was looking out the window and the entire engine just turned into a fireball,” he told DeGeneres in a recent episode. “I kinda felt like I’d already died and gone to heaven ’cause no one said anything and I was screaming at the top of lungs saying, ‘What the hell is going on here?'” 

The actor, who stars in the survival film The Revenant, already detailed this experience in an issue of Wired, but what was missing was his hilarious impression of the unusually calm stewardess. “We seem to have a slight problem here,” he said in a soft Southern accent. “Well, we lost one of our engines.” 

Skip to the 3:03 mark in the video above to hear the whole story. 

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The scary thing is that this wasn’t the first time DiCaprio avoided death. He also told DeGeneres of the time he was skydiving and his instructor said he’d probably break his legs after their parachutes got tangled mid-jump. “When both parachutes don’t open, you tend to not repeat something like that.”