Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio considered quitting acting for a while after filming Titanic, saying the blockbuster movie made him feel like a “piece of cute meat.”
DiCaprio, now 32, was in his early 20s when the film came out and told Newsweek magazine that the role threw him back into the mold of teen idol — an image he had been trying to shake off.
“I had a brief run at that on television, being thrown on the cover of teen magazines,” DiCaprio said in a roundtable discussion, which also featured Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Forest Whitaker and Cate Blanchett.
“I was trying to work away from that. I wanted to establish myself as an actor who put a lot of thought into his characters and did good work.
“And then I did a movie called Titanic, and there I was, right back into that position of being looked at as another piece of cute meat.”
He says he found it “pretty disheartening” to be objectified in such a way.
“I wanted to stop acting for a little bit. It changed my life in a lot of ways, but at the same time, I can't say that it didn't give me opportunities,” he confides.
“It made me, for the first time, in control of my career.”
DiCaprio has two films currently on release, the diamond smuggling thriller Blood Diamond and Martin Scorsese's mob hit The Departed, both of which earned him nominations for the Golden Globe awards.
He was tipped to, and did, receive an Oscar nod, for Best Actor (for Blood Diamond) when nominations for the Academy Awards were unveiled. The awards ceremony takes place tomorrow. (AFP)
1. heartthrob n.
迷戀的對象 (mi2 lian4 de5 dui4 xiang4)
例: Jude Law is a Hollywood heartthrob.
2. cute meat n phr.
徒有外表的人 (tu2 you3 wai4 biao3 de5 ren2)
例: I have a brain you know. I'm not just a piece of cute meat!
3. dishearten v.t.
氣餒 (qi4 nei3)
例: The team were pretty disheartened when they finished third after all their training.
4. objectify v.t.
具體化 (ju4 ti3 hua4)
例: The soldiers dealt with their role in the war by objectifying the enemy.
5. tip v.t.
被認為最有希望 (bei4 ren4 wei2 zui4 you3 xi1 wang4)
例: Jack is tipped to be the next class president.
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