Leonardo DiCaprio’s Old Beach House Was Full of ‘Titanic’ Memorabilia, Insider Says
Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic role in Titanic wasn’t his breakout role in Hollywood, but he and his co-star Kate Winslet solidified their roles as Hollywood A-listers after the massive success of the romantic tragedy.
DiCaprio has many memories from the film set and he had his Malibu beach house decorated entirely was Titanic memorabilia for some time.
Leonardo DiCaprio had no idea ‘Titanic’ would be such a major success
Though DiCaprio had already been in successful movies like This Boys Life, Basketball Diaries at Romeo + Juliet among others, at 22, he had no idea that Titanic would be as successful as it became. In fact, when he got the script he wasn’t even interested. “Well it didn’t initially appeal to me because I think I took a long time to just get my mind around doing a film of that nature,” he told Variety in 2014.
By the time Titanic had completed production, it was well past its schedule and well over budget. DiCaprio was exhausted and had no idea that it was doing so well. “I didn’t at all grasp how far-reaching this movie was,” DiCaprio told the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television. “People would say to me, ‘This movie is doing really well,’ and I’m like, ‘Great, that’s wonderful,’ [They’re like] ‘No, no, no, really, really, really well.’”
Leonardo DiCaprio developed a bad attitude while filming ‘Titanic’
Originally, director James Cameron had slated to take 138 days for production. However, the film ended up taking over five months to shoot which meant it ran nearly a month over schedule.
Looking back, the actors now comment on Cameron’s obsessiveness with getting every single detail just right. However, the long days and never-ending schedule took its toll, especially on the Catch Me If You Can actor, who, along with Winslet, had 14 hour days.
“[DiCaprio] was sick of the brown land, the mariachi merriment, and Cameron’s big tub,” Vanity Fair reported in 1998. “He … Took a good look at the four soundstages, the 17-million-gallon water tank, the smokestacks rising majestically against the sky, the hordes of extras running around in period clothes — and thought, ‘This is bullsh*t.’”
Leonardo DiCaprio’s old Malibu beach house was full of ‘Titanic’ memorabilia
Luckily it all turned out well. Titanic turned out to be one of the most successful movies in cinematic history and DiCaprio and Winslet are very best friends to this day. In fact, in the ’90s the Wolf of Wall Street actor’s entire Malibu beach house was dedicated to the movie. Celebrity interior designer Megan Weaver revealed that she and her then-boyfriend visited the beach house. She said on the Behind the Velvet Rope With David Yontef podcast,
You walk into this beach house and everything was Titanic. Titanic towels, Titanic poster, Titanic, you know, everywhere. And so he did look at me and he was like, ‘Is this Leo’s house?’ Yes. That’s Leo’s house. So that was, that was pretty amazing. I don’t think that’s something he would do now, but back then, and again, this was like early nineties. (Titanic was actually released in December 1997.) I think the film wasn’t even… that old… And it was also not his main house. It was, you know, and he hardly went there.