Leonardo DiCaprio — who these days is often spotted with a vape — fretted about his image, and didn’t want his mum to know that he smoked when he was still an up-and-coming star, Page Six is told.
Photographer Steve Eichner — whose new book, In the Limelight: The Visual Ecstasy of NYC Nightlife in the ’90s, chronicles the 1990s club scene in pictures — told us that DiCaprio made a deal with him one night in 1994 at Club USA during a party for the Nicolas Cage-Dennis Hopper thriller Red Rock West.
At Peter Gatien’s legendary club venue, Eichner said he got a shot of Leo — who would have been about 20 at the time and had just starred in his dramatic movie breakout, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, with Johnny Depp — buying something from a “cigarette-and-candy girl,” but he couldn’t tell what. “[Leo] came over and tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Hey man, can you do me a favour and please don’t use that photo? You can take photos of me tonight.’ ” (PageSix)