Leonardo DiCaprio: 'I Couldn't Handle Titanic Fame at 23'
Leonardo DiCaprio says he was too young to handle being catapulted to an international star at the age of 23 with his role in ‘Titanic’.
Leo became a world-wide heartthrob after starring alongside Kate Winslet in the 1997 mega-hit movie.
Now 34, Leo says he was too young to handle that level of fame and nearly went off the rails.
“Titanic began a period of rebellion for me,” he says. “As soon as people give you enough compliments and you suddenly have more power than you’ve ever had in your entire life, it’s not that you become an arrogant p*k, or you become rude to people, but you get a false sense of your own importance.”
Adding: “You’re treading in dangerous territory when you begin thinking you’ve altered the course of history. It was like a runaway train. I didn’t understand what was happening to me.”