Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, who achieved heartthrob status after the huge success of Titanic, almost quit acting as he hated the 'pretty boy' tag after the movie.
The 35-year-old actor didn't enjoy the fame he achieved by starring in the Oscar-winning film because his appearance took precedence over his acting ability, reported Mirror online.
"At first I hated the way I was turned into a pretty boy, as if that was all that was expected of me. It made me almost want to stop acting for a while because the attention that was focused on me was not where I wanted to take my career," said DiCaprio.
The actor, who had acted in Romeo + Juliet before Titanic happened, made a conscious effort to stay away from romantic movies afterwards and starred in films like Gangs of New York and Blood Diamond.
"I didn't want to do romantic films or anything which just exploited my image or appearance. I also kind of had to be more careful about the friends I was hanging out with. I was living a pretty big life for a while and then that just gets tiresome," said DiCaprio.