Leonardo DiCaprio Has "Never Done" Drugs

Posted Saturday February 8, 2014 1:40 AM GMT

Even though he parties hard, and portrays characters who party even harder, Leonardo DiCaprio claimed that he was only acting when portraying Jordan Belfort's rampant drug use in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, the 39-year-old revealed that he grew up "very poor," and that that aspect of his life helped him to stay away away from the lure of drugs.

"Never done it," Leo said. "That's because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was 3 or 4 years old. So Hollywood was a walk in the park for me . . . I'd go to parties and it was there and, yeah, there's that temptation."

The Hollywood heartthrob continued, saying, "Hollywood is a very volatile place where artists come in and they essentially say they want to belong. It's incredibly vulnerable to be an actor and also get criticism at a young age when you're formulating who you are. We've seen a lot of people fall victim to that, and it's very unfortunate."

The "Wolf of Wall Street" stud also said that there "used to be a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere," but when he earned a scholarship to University Elementary School, located in a wealthier neighborhood, he stated, "It was like this little Garden of Eden. And if I went to play with my friends, I would drive to Beverly Hills and go in their backyard and there'd be a waterfall there. I mean, a waterfall! In the backyard? What the . . ."

In conclusion, Leo said, "Who am I to talk about this? It goes back to that neighborhood. It came from the fact that I grew up very poor and I got to see the other side of the spectrum."

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