Leonardo DiCaprio might be proud of "Titanic 3D," but director James Cameron said the actor was more than embarrassed to watch himself on the big screen.
"I didn't show him the whole film but I showed him 18 minutes of it a few months ago." the the photo agency WENN quoted Cameron as saying at the film's premiere. "It was a good reunion for us but great to watch his reaction. He couldn't believe it. He said to me, 'I'm such a young punk. Look at me.' He was practically crawling under the seat. It was a good moment."
The 37-year-old actor didn't attend the worldwide premiere of "Titanic 3D" in London on Tuesday, March 27, as he was in Louisiana shooting Quentin Tarantino's film "Django Unchained," but his co-star Kate Winslet and Cameron held down the red carpet.
"I wish Leo could be here but he's shooting a film. It would have been great for Leo to be here, to be part of the celebrations," the deep sea diving director continued.
The movie, which won 11 Oscars, is one of the highest grossing films of all time. The premiere of the 3-D re-release marked the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner's tragic maiden voyage on April 1912.
"I am so glad to be a part of that movie. Years from now, people will still be watching that film. I am a part of something historical, in a lot of ways. It gave me opportunities, as an actor, to steer the course of my own destiny," DiCaprio reportedly told the UK's The Sun.
DiCaprio, estimated to be the highest-paid male actor, began his on-screen career when he was a teenager, appearing on shows such as "Santa Barbara" and "Growing Pains" before he nabbed what would become his breakout role as the male lead in the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic."
DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for his role in the 2004 film "The Aviator," which also earned him an Oscar nomination. He has also been nominated for Oscars for his roles in the films "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "Blood Diamond."
The actor was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role as J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's film "J. Edgar." He is also known for movies such as "The Departed," "Gangs of New York" and "Inception."
DiCaprio can be seen next in a film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" alongside Carey Mulligan. The movie hits theaters on December 25.