Leonardo DiCaprio says Titanic is a huge part his life, and he is incredibly proud of it. The former Growing Pains star came along way when he became eon of the lead role in Titanic and now he stalks about what his feeling a toward the 1997 movie. He played Jack Dawson, and here is what he said. In an interview with CBS This Morning, the actor revealed he’s,
“proud” of the film that made him a household name — contrary to what fans may have assumed as schmaltzy or overblown from the actor’s perspective.
”You know, it’s been such a long time, but it was such, you know, a huge part of my life,” DiCaprio, 39, told CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King. “And people maybe think I have a reaction to that film. But the truth is, I’m incredibly proud of it. And not only that, the movie has really made me be in control of my career.”
“No, I — I didn’t,” he said. “All I remember is being paralyzed with fear that I’d have to actually get up on that stage because somebody told me a billion people watch that show. And that’s the only thing that I really remember.”
”And — and I was in shambles about that,” he continued. DiCaprio went on to mention that something like giving a live speech is much different than filming a movie. After all, there’s no “cut” being given by a director, and no chance for a re-take.
“That’s the problem. There is no cut,” he said. “I mean, I’ve had a lot more experience since then, but I — that — that was my memory.”
Another memory? How someone once suggested he change his name to Lenny Williams for the sake of his career.
“It would sound less ethnic and I would be able to get more roles,” the Italian-American was told. “And my dad said, ‘Don’t you dare do that.’”
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