LEONARDO DiCaprio grew up surrounded by “drug dealers” and “prostitutes”.
The 33-year-old actor admits his “terrifying” upbringing in east Hollywood, which saw him regularly “beaten up” and witness “evil and devastation”, made him determined to steer clear of drugs.
He recalled: “My mother and I lived at Hollywood and Western â€“â€“ a drug dealer and prostitute corner.
“It was pretty terrifying. I got beat up a lot. I saw people having sex in alleys. I remember I was five-years-old and this guy with a trenchcoat and needles and crack cornered me.
“Seeing the devastation on my block, seeing heroin addicts, made me think twice about ever being involved in drugs. Itâ€™s evil.”
DiCaprio believes his difficult start in life helped him keep his feet on the ground after he was propelled to superstardom.
He said: “I donâ€™t really have an extravagant life. I donâ€™t fly a private jet. I donâ€™t have bodyguards and I donâ€™t buy crazy things.
“Iâ€™m not the sort of person who tries to be cool or trendy. Iâ€™m not interested in being a â€˜starâ€™. I’m more down to earth, just ask my friends. ” â€“â€“Bang ShowBiz