Leonardo DiCaprio can pinpoint exactly when he became a celebrity — not just a recognizable actor but someone the paparazzi staked out. It happened just before the 1997 release of the phenomenally successful Titanic.
“I just remember I was off on location doing movies right away [after making it] and then — you know, I was in my early 20s already — and I never bothered to look for a house, so stayed in my mom’s guest room into my early 20s, and then the movie started to come out or the buzz of it or whatever, and I just remember four SUVs outside my house one day,” DiCaprio revealed on Monday’s episode of the podcast WTF With Marc Maron. “And I went to, like, the liquor store to get a soda and there were the SUVs, and they just kept following me. Every day of my life.”
DiCaprio’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Brad Pitt, who appeared with him on the show in a mostly upbeat conversation between friends, was jealous when DiCaprio said that sort of thing doesn’t happen as often now.
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“Thank God,” DiCaprio said. “Usually, there’s like this time when you have a movie coming out or you’re starting to do promotion where they’re sort of on you a lot more. But, you know, I’ve been able to escape a lot more, which is great. And walk around outside and things like that.”
Pitt said he was “a little disgruntled” to hear that.
When asked if he has people waiting and watching his every move, Pitt said yes.
“Aw, man. Aw, man. I’m just, like, trash mag fodder,” Pitt lamented. “Because of my disaster of a personal life probably, most likely.”
When Maron asked the actors if they ever tried disguises to avoid the paparazzi, both of them said no.
However, Pitt said he has ways of staying on the down-low when he really needs it.
“I’ve got some good getaways that I will not reveal here, because they’re still in play,” Pitt said.
Pitt and DiCaprio also commiserated over the experience of seeing one of their films for the first time and realizing that it didn’t turn out as well as they’d hoped.
“It’s that horrible feeling when you’re screening it with others and the lights come up and everyone looks at you to say something. And you know, you just know,” Pitt said.
There’s another telltale sign, too.
“Well, you know,” Pitt said, “if they ever come up and they say, ‘I really liked the music. Who did the music? The music was amazing.’”
Still, DiCaprio’s had it even worse at the premiere of one of his movies: “I won’t mention the name of the film, but I just remember my friend looking at me and going, ‘Not my cup of tea.’”
At least Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a critical and commercial success. The movie won best comedy film at Sunday’s Golden Globes.
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