“It was pretty terrifying. I got beat up a lot”: Leonardo DiCaprio Was Scared For His Life After Getting Cornered By an Addict When He Was 5

“It was pretty terrifying. I got beat up a lot”: Leonardo DiCaprio Was Scared For His Life After Getting Cornered By an Addict When He Was 5
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Captivating the audience and the critics since the 90s, Leonardo DiCaprio has established himself as one of the greatest talents to ever step in front of the camera. The actor was not limited to any one genre of film, and over the years he has appeared in several drama, thriller, action, and comedy films which have made people adore him and admire watching his performances. Hence, the Don’t Look Up actor has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a SAG award, and numerous nominations for every film that he has been in.

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Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio has been part of the film industry for nearly three decades, and he has never done a bad film in his career. Hence, making him one of the most successful and one of the richest actors in Hollywood. However, he had a terrible childhood where he was beaten mercilessly by drug dealers almost every day.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rough Childhood in New York

During an exclusive interview, Leonardo DiCaprio talked about his rough childhood, where he and his mother lived in a bad part of town filled with drug dealers and h**kers.

“My mother and I lived at Hollywood and Western – a drug dealer and prostitute corner. It was pretty terrifying. I got beat up a lot. I saw people having s*x in the alleys. I remember I was five years old and this guy with a trenchcoat, needles, and crack cornered me.

A still from Titanic
A still from Titanic

The Inception actor continued when he insisted that he will never take drugs in his life because he saw the horrors of being a drug addict at a young age, making him “think twice” before doing it.

“Seeing the devastation on my block, seeing heroin addicts, made me think twice about ever getting involved in drugs. It’s evil.”

Leonardo DiCaprio concluded by talking about his lifestyle, where he does not try to spend money callously only to be “cool or trendy.” Although his roles are very social, he is a very private person when the cameras are not rolling.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street

“I don’t really have an extravagant life. I don’t fly private jets, I don’t have bodyguards and I don’t buy crazy things. I’m not the sort of person who tries to be cool or trendy. I’m not interested in being ‘a star’.”

While the Titanic actor is renowned for having a monumentally successful career, he regrets doing a horror film, teaching him a valuable life lesson.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Regrets Doing Critters 3

Throughout his acting career, the Shutter Island actor has secured an untarnished reputation. The actor holds every film of his in high regard, as all of them were smash hits at the box office. However, there’s one film that he does not consider equally among his other films. Most of the unfavorable films occurred at the beginning of his career, and it is 1991’s Critters 3 that he despises working.

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Back in the early 90s, Leonardo DiCaprio showcased glimpses of his acting potential, yet he managed to make himself stand out from the sea of young actors back then. However, the low-budget horror film, Critters 3 was beyond saving. The film was bombarded with harsh criticism, the film holds currently holds a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the critics even targetted a young Leonardo DiCaprio, calling him, “a run-of-the-mill, shallow, typical kid with blond hair.

A still from Critters 3
A still from Critters 3

DiCaprio stated that he learned a valuable life lesson from the 1991 film, which helped him in shaping his acting career, explaining why he chose to work in quality films ever since.

“[Critters 3 is] possibly one of the worst films of all time. I guess it was a good example to look back and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” 

While many people did not know that the actor had a poorly performing film in his career, this does not alter the fact that he is one of the most charismatic and skilled actors that people can’t get enough of.

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Source: Digital Spy

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Written by Tushar Auddy

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Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.