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Edward Norton sets record straight on saving Leonardo DiCaprio’s life

ACTOR and director Edward Norton has revealed how he saved Leonardo DiCaprio when the Hollywood star ran out of air on a diving expedition.

The pair were nearing the end of a trip in the Galapagos Islands when DiCaprio dived back into the water to chase a group of rays.

Norton, an experienced diver, realised DiCaprio did not have enough oxygen to finish the dive and followed him.

Ran out of oxygen: Leo dived after a shoal of rays PICTURE: GETTY

Norton told The Jonathan Ross Show (above) there was ‘some truth to this story’.

‘It has been pumped up a bit more than it deserves,’ he said.

‘We were in the Galapagos Islands. We were scuba diving with Sylvia Earle, the great oceanographer.

‘I’ve known Leo a long time and he loses his mind around animals. He really has a childlike passion for them.

‘This flight of 100 spotted eagle rays went by below us and I saw the look on his face.

‘I saw him charging off with this camera that he had and I have been diving since I was 16 years old. I reflectively looked at my watch and was like, “We’re very close to the end.”

‘I saw him going off and down and I knew that wasn’t a good thing, so I followed him because I thought to myself, “He’s chasing these things, he’s going to run out of air” — and he did.’

Norton also recalled acting in 2001’s crime thriller The Score alongside Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro.

He said: ‘That’s one you do just because of the poster… Some things you do just for the story and for the experience.’

■ The Jonathan Ross Show is at 10.10pm tomorrow on ITV