"I will not give you a drag of my cigarette": Johnny Depp Tried to Save Leonardo DiCaprio from Picking His Smoking Habit in $10M Movie That Landed Him First Oscar Nomination - FandomWire
2023/09/09

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Leonardo DiCaprio created an impact in 90s Hollywood with his performances in films such as (1993), and (1993). The latter earned DiCaprio nominations for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars and the Golden Globes at only 19 years old. He played an intellectually disabled kid named Arnie who was taken care of by his older brother Gilbert, played by Johnny Depp.

During the making of the film, DiCaprio and Depp became close and hung out outside sets in bars and clubs. DiCaprio had a smoking habit at the time which he kept from his mother. Depp however was aware of all this and prevented DiCaprio from continuing his habit during their many hangouts on set.

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was at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2016 where he was given a lifetime achievement award. While talking to journalists, he shared an anecdote regarding the filming of his 1993 film which he co-starred with a young . He revealed that DiCaprio had a bad smoking habit which he kept hidden from his mother. Depp himself was a smoker at the time and did not want the young star to become addicted at such a young age. He thus tortured the young actor by refusing to share his cigarettes with him. He told him (via Page Six),

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DiCaprio is very close to his mother and hence he did not want her to know about his bad habits. Depp’s action is reflective of a caring older brother who does not want his younger brother to develop a bad addiction which could ruin his health.

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Prominent photographer Steve Eichner also shared his awareness of Leonardo DiCaprio’s smoking habit and keeping it hidden from his mother. While promoting his new book with Page Six, he revealed an anecdote of a party hosted by Nicholas Cage. At the party, he captured a moment where DiCaprio was buying cigarettes from a girl. He addressed DiCaprio’s concerns with the photo saying,

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DiCaprio took extra precautions so that his addiction did not reach the ears of his mother. The claims made by both Johnny Depp and Eichner are evidence of that. While they did not necessarily spill the beans of his behavior to his mother, they made sure that DiCaprio either limited his addiction or prevented it from becoming public at the time.

In 2023, Leonardo DiCaprio has the upcoming highly anticipated film The film is an adaptation of David Grann’s 2017 nonfiction book . It is a murder mystery based on the real-life killings of the people of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma in the 1920s, owing to the oil deposits and resources found beneath their land. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, and Brendan Fraser among others.

 will be released in theatres worldwide on October 20, 2023.

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