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'The Great Gatsby' star Leonardo DiCaprio scaring 'em Down Under

September 9, 2011 |  3:35 pm

"The Great Gatsby" star Leonardo DiCaprio

"The Great Gatsby" star Leonardo DiCaprio created a stir Thursday at a jewelry store Down Under -- not for being a movie star, but for looking as if he was part of an armed robbery about to go down.

Wearing a hoodie, cap and dark shades, DiCaprio popped into the Family Jewels in Sydney, followed by two bodyguards who positioned themselves at the doorway and in a corner of the store while owner Kane Kelfans was grabbing coffee next door. 

The lone saleswoman in the shop and a customer she was assisting got the feeling something bad was about to go down, Kelfans told the Daily Telegraph's Sydney Confidential.

"The customer sees what's happening and says, 'This doesn't look good,' " he said. "Linda sent the customer next door to get me, thinking the shop is about to be robbed by these guys."

By the time Kelfans showed, identities had been revealed and Leo was happily browsing for a gift for his mom. Though he picked out a Nepalese antique necklace set with lapis lazuli and coral, he said he'd have to come back for it later, as his car couldn't stay parked where it was. (Sorry to spoil the surprise, Mom!)

In other news about failed criminal mastermind DiCaprio, Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced Friday that he will co-chair an Art + Film Gala fundraiser honoring filmmaker Clint Eastwood and artist John Baldessari on Nov. 5. Eastwood's "J. Edgar," which stars DiCaprio, will premiere at AFI Fest on Nov. 3.

DiCaprio is in Sydney to film Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Tobey Maguire. Production should have the city star-spotting into December.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio was a detective, not a crook, in "Shutter Island." Credit: Paramount Pictures