Leonardo DiCaprio has nothing but love for Titanic.
Although the acclaimed actor has appeared in a number of noteworthy motion pictures over the years, it’s doubtful anything will eclipse director James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster. The drama helped cement DiCaprio as a serious box office draw, though the constant references to the flick have to get old after a while.
Not surprisingly, Leonardo DiCaprio had to discuss Titanic during his chat with Gayle King on CBS This Morning. The Oscar-nominated actor seemed thrilled with the idea that people still love the movie after all these years.
“You know, it’s been such a long time, but it was such a huge part of my life. And people maybe think I have a reaction to that, 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,” DiCaprio explained.
However, just because the actor appreciates what Titanic did for his career doesn’t mean he wants to watch it anytime soon. James Cameron showed 18 minutes of the flick to Leonardo DiCaprio shortly after it was officially converted to 3D. The filmmaker said the Wolf of Wall Street star was more than a little uncomfortable seeing himself on-screen.
Cameron explained at the Titanic re-release premiere:
“I wish Leo could be here but he’s shooting a film. It would have been great for Leo to be here, to be part of the celebrations. I didn’t show him the whole film but I showed him 18 minutes of it a few months ago. It was a good reunion for us but great to watch his reaction. He couldn’t believe it. He said to me, ‘I’m such a young punk. Look at me.’ He was practically crawling under the seat. It was a good moment.”
Another movie that Leonardo DiCaprio is extremely proud of is director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The actor hopes that the attention the film is currently receiving will convince Hollywood producers to move forward with more like-minded endeavors.
“I have been doing a lot of press for the film and speaking openly about it because I want more films like this to be able to get made. You may misinterpret it. But this is what we wanted to put up on the screen, and that’s not something you’re going to see very often nowadays, which is what I am absolutely most proud of of making this movie,” he told Indiewire.
Are you a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio? How often do you revisit Titanic?