Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't always king of the world!
In fact, in a recent interview the Wolf of Wall Street himself described the experience of growing up around Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, an El Lay neighborhood that was no West Egg from The Great Gatsby:
"I try to tell my godson, who lives close to that area, what it was like, how there used to be a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere. It really was like Taxi Driver in a lot of ways."
Apparently, Leo would sometimes notice people doing heroin and crack in an alleyway near his home, too!
We're so happy that all those bad experiences have departed, and that he didn't decide to give himself a mohawk and start driving a cab like in Taxi Driver!
Leo, you're an inspiration! Your rags-to-riches-to-models-to-oscar-noms story is AH-Mazing!
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