Leonardo DiCaprio tells Newsweek during the magazine's annual roundtable discussion with Academy Award hopefuls that, in the wake of Titanic, he seriously thought about taking a sabbatical from acting. No, really. And not because he read my original review of the film.
He complains that, after the 1977 film's spectacular box-office success and multiple Oscar wins, he was back to being considered "another piece of cute meat" -- an image he had wanted to escape after his days on the cover of teen magazines: "It was pretty disheartening to be objectified like that. I wanted to stop acting for a little bit."
And yet, DiCaprio admits, "I can't say that it didn't give me opportunities. It made me, for the first time, in control of my career."
True enough: You can't say things have worked out badly for him since he went down with the ship.