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DiCaprio speaks about 'poor upbringing'

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Leonardo DiCaprio has said his "poor upbringing" helped him stay away from drugs and other temptations while growing up in Hollywood.

The 39-year-old actor has spoken out about how living in a rundown Hollywood neighbourhood as a child helped him make the right choices when faced with temptation. 

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, The Wolf of Wall Street actor said: "There was a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere.

"It really was like Taxi Driver in a lot of ways. I grew up very poor and I got to see the other side of the spectrum."

"I've never done drugs. That's because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was three or four 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."

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