In preparation for his role, Leonardo DiCaprio spent a few days at a home for mentally retarded teens. He said "...We just talked and I watched their mannerisms. People have these expectations that mentally retarded children are really crazy, but that isn't so. It's refreshing to see them, because everything's so new to them."
Johnny Depp hated having to ridicule Darlene Cates' character, "Momma," and would often apologize to her after shooting.
Leonardo DiCaprio came up with Arnie's trademark flicking his finger against his nose, describing it as a sort of "brain wipe...like Arnie is massaging the inside of his brain."
Leonardo DiCaprio has said that playing Arnie Grape was the most fun he's ever had.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1994
04 Mar 1994 ● English ● 1 hr 58 mins
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