Trivia / What's Eating Gilbert Grape

  • Dyeing for Your Art: Leonardo DiCaprio really did not bathe during the period in filming when Arnie refused to go near water.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Johnny Depp felt so guilty about his character's fat jokes towards Darlene Cates, and would apologize after each take.
  • One-Book Author: Darlene Cates' only theatrically-released acting role during her lifetimenote . As described under He Really Can Act, she was cast through Sally Jessy Raphael's show, because they couldn't find a real actress large enough to fit the role.