Did you ever watch Growing Pains, and do you remember when cute little Leo was on there with his cherubic face and way-too-cute bad boy image? Playing Arnie Grape couldn't wipe away his young hottie persona, and stints in The Basketball Diaries and Romeo + Juliet solidified it. Apparently he was trying to get away from being seen as cute pre-Titanic, and his role in the film brought him back to being objectified by adoring women. Brought him back? I don't think there was ever a time in Leonardo DiCaprio's earlier days when he wasn't seen as a cute young actor.

Either I'm wrong, or DiCaprio's desire to not be cute has clouded his memory. MSNBC has reported that Leo told Newsweek that the shipwreck movie once again made him "another piece of cute meat." The young actor was looking to get away from his image and is quoted as saying: "It was pretty disheartening to be objectified like that. I wanted to stop acting for a little bit." So Leo is unhappy with being objectified, and can now join the legions of actresses who feel like that on a daily basis. And he's only complaining for being called cute!

I can't imagine what he'd do if he found himself in a situation like that of Natalie Portman, whose nudity in Closer was finally cut after the kerfuffle and frenzy of those wanting to see the young girl from the Professional in her birthday suit glory. Instead of giving up acting or feeling discouraged, perhaps DiCaprio can use these feelings as motivation to try to change things. And it probably wouldn't hurt if he refrained from sexy, posed pictures like the one to the right. ...