Edward Norton has detailed how his scuba diving experience helped save Leonardo DiCaprio’s life.

Norton, appearing on The Jonathan Ross show, attempted to play down his heroic role but did confess the story held “some truth” while the duo explored the Galapagos Islands on a diving trip. “It has been pumped up a bit more than it deserves,” Norton said.

“We were in the Galapagos Islands,” he explained. “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.”

Norton continued: “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 has previously detailed this story while speaking to Jimmy Fallon:

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