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The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it. It`s a great outlet. As for myself, I`m not sure who I am. It seems that I change every day.

On working with Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York (2002): "He`s a perfectionist, obsessed with detail. That`s why he went over budget and over schedule."

The great thing about turning 30 in this business is that you get to perpetuate being young or old as long as we want.

You can either be a vain movie star, or you can try to shed some light on different aspects of the human condition.

As a little kid growing up in Hollywood, I was called `a little crazy`. And now I guess I`m still that way.

I like to help the whales, the otters, and the dolphins. When I`m acting and I take a break, the first thing on my list is spending time by the sea.

People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don`t want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.

It`s a really obvious thing to say, but the more people know too much about who you really are, and it`s a fundamental thing, the more the mystery is taken away from the artist, and the harder it is for people to believe that person in a particular role.

I don`t really have many extravagances. I don`t fly private jets and I don`t have bodyguards and I don`t buy crazy things. I have a couple of houses here and there. I bought a very expensive watch, and I am going to buy a really expensive movie poster, the original for The Thief of Bagdad (1940). I love movie posters.

On fame: "As soon as enough people give you enough compliments and you`re wielding more power than you`ve ever had in your life, it`s not that you become an arrogant little prick, or become rude to people ... but you get a false sense of your own importance and what you`ve accomplished. You actually think you`ve altered the course of history."

"Martin has brought so much to the art form of film, and he is not the type of person who would be upset by not receiving an Oscar, although it is a practical joke that he has not won an Academy Award after all these years. Whatever opinions critics will have of The Aviator (2004), I really think that this is a great piece of art: once again, he has made a great classic film."

"I kind of feel like the same person except more time has gone by. I hate to say that I feel like an adult now. I have to admit I wish I was still 18. After all, even through the time while I was representing that wild kid, I really wasn`t. I was just living my life. I was just not making movies at the time."

On whether there are any aspects of fame he dislikes: "You kidding? I feel very fortunate. A lot of people would love to be in my position. There are so many people out there who are suffering trillions of times more than I could ever suffer, and would love to be me. I am a lucky little bastard."

Yes, I can play younger than my age. But I can play characters older than I am, too. I`m not an actor who can just play the kid.

You learn after you`ve been in the business for a while that it`s not getting your face recognized that`s the payoff. It`s having your film remembered.

I lived in Hollywood and, ironically, I didn`t know you could just go out and get an agent and go on auditions and try and become an actor, I thought it was like a Masonic thing, like a blood line you had to belong to - until I was 13. Then I realised what you had to do. It is the one thing I know I want to do for the rest of my life.

I wasn`t surprised that Jamie got the award. But I knew that cameras would be stuffed up my face so I had my response ready. Anyone who says they don`t practice is a liar." -on losing out on the Oscar to Jamie Foxx during the 2005 Academy Awards.

"I was behind a woman at the checkout counter who was looking at the magazines. She turned to me and goes, `There he is again, that Leonardo DiCaprio. Don`t you wish he`d just disappear?` I said (to myself), this is the moment where I either go, `Do you know who I am?` or put my hat further down, pay for my corn-nuts and get out of there....I choose to avoid that." (2005)

My first date was with a girl named Cessi. We`d had a beautiful relationship over the phone all summer long. Then she came home and we met to go out for the first time to the movies. When I saw her I was petrified. I couldn`t even look her in the eye to talk to her.

I like girls who are intelligent, somewhat funny, and pretty with a nice personality.

I don`t have the guts that Romeo did.

It`s a weird adjustment living alone, because you don`t realize how much you really miss Mumsie until she`s not there.

Dark green is my favorite color. It`s the color of nature and the color of money and the color of moss!

I`m not really the quiet type, although some people think I am. But I`m the rebel type in the sense that I don`t think I`m like everyone else. I try to be an individual.

I`m absolutely clean. I`ve never tried anything. That`s not a lie!

I`m not the sort of person who tries to be cool or trendy. I`m definitely an individual.

I don`t have emotions about a lot of things. I rarely get angry, I rarely cry. I guess I do get excited a lot, but I don`t get sad and enormously happy. I think a lot of people who talk about all that crap are lying. Right now I`m just trying to maintain happiness - that`s all I really care about. Anyway, when you`re my age and your hormones are kicking in, there`s not much besides sex that`s on your mind.

I hate speaking in front of a large audience. I don`t know where it came from...but its just this gut-wrenching fear of slipping up and doing something horrible.

One of my passions is to meet people and then imitate them. I love doing that.

If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn`t mean I`m gay.

School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn`t want to learn.

I insist on keeping a level head. I`ve maintained the same exact home life that I`ve had for 20 years. All I see is more people looking at me than before. But, you know, who cares? You just can`t obsess yourself with this fame stuff."

People always like to make up stories. I am not planning on getting married. Then again, I might wake up tomorrow and decide to get married!

It`s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that`s written about you... Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!

On success: "I`ve just been jolting along from one film to another. . . . Now, it`s sort of a shock to realize what I`ve achieved."

The role of Rimbaud is one of the most important roles to play for a young actor.

I wasn`t surprised that Jamie got the award. But I knew that cameras would be stuffed up my face so I had my response ready. Anyone who says they don`t practice is a liar. -on losing out on the Oscar to Jamie Foxx during the 2005 Academy Awards.

I`m probably not going to get married unless I live with somebody for 10 or 20 years. But these people (Romeo and Juliet) took a chance and they did it. We don`t have the balls that Romeo did.

On his life: "What I would do in order to be popular was, I`d put myself on line and joke around and be funny, and I was always known as the crazy kid."

My dad`s probably one of the kindest people in the world. When I was younger that`s not how I was- I was a little spoiled brat.

Fame is not the worst thing. I went to dinner the other night, and the girls in the restaurant ignored me. It was so annoying.

Meryl Streep does things I would never have thought possible... Her presence on screen is outstanding.

Brothers don`t necessarily have to say anything to each other - they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.

Bridget Hall and I hung out for a week. The whole thing was blown out of proportion. I don`t have the guts that Romeo did. (on marriage) On love: I like girls who are intelligent, somewhat funny, and pretty with a nice personality. It`s a weird adjustment living alone, because you don`t realize how much you really miss Mumsie until she`s not there. Dark green is my favorite color. It`s the color of nature and the color of money and the color of moss! I`m not really the quiet type, although some people think I am. But I`m the rebel type in the sense that I don`t think I`m like everyone else. I try to be an individual. I`m absolutely clean. I`ve never tried anything. That`s not a lie! I`m not the sort of person who tries to be cool or trendy. I`m definitely an individual. I don`t have emotions about a lot of things. I rarely get angry, I rarely cry. I guess I do get excited a lot, but I don`t get sad and enormously happy. I think a lot of people who talk about all that crap are lying. Right now I`m just trying to maintain happiness - that`s all I really care about. Anyway, when you`re my age and your hormones are kicking in, there`s not much besides sex that`s on your mind. I hate speaking in front of a large audience. I don`t know where it came from...but its just this gut-wrenching fear of slipping up and doing something horrible. One of my passions is to meet people and then imitate them. I love doing that. I have the same problem as Edward Furlong. I`m so thin! I`m nothing like Romeo in real life. I`m shy, but when the time comes to be wild, I`m fun-loving, adventurous, and mysterious. It`s tricky stuff. If you`re not perfect in every film, then people say `see, he was just lucky in one role`. On his career: I admit I`ve done a few lousy roles in the beginning of my career, like my role in Critters 3 (1991). But at that age, you`ll do anything for attention!"

I`ve been planted here to be a vessel for acting... That`s why I`m really taking any part, regardless of how complicated it`s going to be.

On acting: "Don`t think for a moment that I`m really like any of the characters I play. That`s why it`s called acting."

I`ve never been Romeo who meets a girl and falls for her immediately. It`s been a much slower process for me each time I`ve gone into a relationship.

When a role for a young guy is being offered to me, I think of River Phoenix. It feels like a loss.

On fame: "As soon as enough people give you enough compliments and you`re wielding more power than you`ve ever had in your life, it`s not that you become an arrogant little prick, or become rude to people ... but you get a false sense of your own importance and what you`ve accomplished. You actually think you`ve altered the course of history."

The main thing for me right now is just to live my life with my family and friends. They treat me like Leo, not `Leonardo, Master Thespian`. That`s all I need to keep my sanity.


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