I respect marriage but don't necessarily believe in it at this point. I know happiness has to do with finding a partner. But I am not going to risk ruining that ideal by rushing into something for a false sense of security.
Leonardo DiCaprio Quotes
I think that cinema is the greatest modern art form. No painting makes me want to stare at it for two hours or gives me an experience that a movie does. There's a quote that will be instilled in me always - 'Pain is temporary, film is forever' - meaning that whatever you're going through in your personal life, you have to channel that into what you're doing. In film, if you don't go where you need to go, you'll never get another chance to burn it into the public world forever.
Every person has demons. We all have horrible fears and insecurities that we need to overcome. Mine came from never feeling accepted by any group, never being received.
It's hard to sit here and complain about being chased by paparazzi and the loss of privacy in your life. The truth of the matter is, there's so much upside to it. I've gained so much. I would feel like a fool to sit here and complain about it.
I've learned to disregard any expectation of what people will think of a movie. You just never know how people will respond. And also I've learned to be comfortable within myself. I've seen both sides of the spectrum now. I've seen the illusion of what it's like to be at the top of the world, and I've seen what it's like to be put right back down. My celebrity will never get bigger than post-Titanic. That'll never happen. So I don't give a crap what people think.
There's no handbook for fame. There's no handbook for being splashed on the cover of People magazine when you didn't want to be there, or being on the cover of the Enquirer, you know, all these magazines, and being talked about here and there, speculated, you know, 'Who's he? What's he doing here? What's he doing with this person?' or whatever. I had nobody to talk to. I had nobody to guide me.
The bottom line is: when it comes to an actor and his performance, whether nominated or not, it simply has to do with whether that character had enough resonance with the audience . . . And that’s something that you can't control. That's something that you can't predict; something that you can't go into a project with the intent of, you know. It's this intangible thing. There's no way you can seek that out.
It's an actual science. If you follow [the paparazzi], they get paranoid. You flip the script on them.
Paradise to me is a false concept. You learn that happiness is something that comes in fleeting moments, in little moments when you least expect it.
In a world where everything conforms to our comfort, the only valuable things are those that go beyond anticipation.
It's a stab on my reputation if I'm associated with a film that comes in and recklessly destroys things.
I hate being selected as 'Babe of the month' and being called 'hunk.'
Girls don’t really hit on me, no. I think if a girl wants to talk to me, she’ll talk to somebody around me, but not me directly. I don’t know what it is. They never really approach me.
You take things for granted – just like going to a museum or something like that, it’s not as easy anymore. But like with most jobs, you take the good with the bad. There’s certain things you just have to except. I mean, I’m extremely fortunate to be in the position that I am.
I want to say this: I don't do drugs. I've never done drugs in my life. I'm just not interested. And if any of my friends start doing drugs, they're going to hear about it from me.
Some people have criticized the movie. You know, ‘You can’t do that to Shakespeare. You shouldn’t mess with Shakespeare like that.’ But Shakespeare was a genius. I’m sure if he was alive he would have been totally behind what Baz (Luhrmann) is trying to do.
I have a weird Karma thing. Like I used to be able to steal bubble gum and stuff when I was younger, but I’m really ridiculous with it now. If someone gives me the wrong change, I can’t deal with it, even if it’s a gigantic department store. It’s not because I’m getting money now. It’s because I always think that when I go outside, something terrible is going to happen.
I wanted to be a lawyer. My mom always told me that, but I don’t know.
If you're going to talk about money, I'm the cheapest bastard in the world. I mean, I never let people borrow money or anything. I'm still making savings and stuff. I plan on investing it, just keeping it for when I'm older. You never know, I may go bankrupt, or have a Hugh Grant situation. Then I'll have some dough.
My mom and my dad were in Italy, looking at a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci and they were trying to decide a name for me. And she got this abrupt kicking in her womb and I just started kicking her madly. And they’re looking at the painting by Leonardo Da Vinci and they said, ‘Hey, that should be his name.’
Everything I’ve done before This Boy’s Life is just so far, I don’t want to say below, but doing Boy’s Life was such a step up in my career, such a difference. I mean it’s like real acting as oppose to just being cute.
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