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Imagine the Maldives. Balmy breezes. Endless ocean stretching out, blue and placid, over the horizon. Human-rights abuses. It’s so faraway it’s almost like another planet, this threatened island nation deep in the Indian Ocean. Now imagine that same remote place, only Leonardo DiCaprio is there. That just about defies all conception, doesn’t it?
But, it happened. Leonardo DiCaprio was recently in the Maldives, vacationing at some fancy resort with his pals, and apparently they had such a nice time they decided to miss their connecting flight and get stranded at the airport for five hours. Page Six tells us this today, this story of a common thing—getting stuck at the airport—mingling with the uncommon—Leonardo DiCaprio on a tropical isle. What happened is that DiCaprio and crew had to take a small plane, a “puddle jumper,” to the bigger airport, and that small plane was late. So they missed their connecting flight to the Virgin Galactic spaceport or whatever fancy place they were off to next, and thus they had to hang out, bored and frustrated, like regular folks.
Which is sort of nice in a way, isn’t it? To know that that can happen. That even huge movie stars are, on occasion, subject to the whims of time, to the disorder that governs most of our boring, prosaic lives. No private jets summoned at a moment’s notice for Leo DiCaprio on this trip! No, sir. He’s gotta wait at the gate with the rest of the schmucks. Knowing that makes the world feel a bit more level, doesn’t it? It does for me, anyway.
But then you continue reading the Page Six piece, which links to this celebrity site from the United Arab Emirates, and everything goes weird and wonky and wonderful again. You see, this Web site, Ahlan!, has an account of DiCaprio’s time in the Maldives that has a swell of strange magic to it. The nightclub company 1 OAK had a pop-up party at a resort there, and Ahlan! attended this glitzy bash. As did DiCaprio. The site wrote up a breathless report—charming in all its earnest excitement—which includes this pretty great paragraph:
“In the early hours of the morning, everyone, Leo included, decided to jump into the pool. We then jumped in too, obviously. At that point we [realized] we were floating in water, in the dark, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and all of our teenage Titanic film memories came rushing back. It was at that moment we decided to yell out ‘NEVER LET GO, JACK!’ (which is exactly what we meant by ‘blurting out something awkward’). Much to our relief, Leo and his friends all thought it was hilarious and had a proper LOL.”
Just picture it! Everyone floating in a Maldives swimming pool, a roof of stars above them, making Titanic jokes with Leonardo DiCaprio. That is an utterly otherworldly event. Sure, all kinds of people can miss a flight and get stuck at the airport. But only a very rare few can be at a party in the middle of the ocean and have people make a fondly teasing joke about something you did 20 years ago, and you all have a good laugh and feel lifted by all of your impossible luck. That is the specialness of Leonardo DiCaprio’s life, an enchanted quality that no five-hour airport wait could ever diminish.
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