Johnny Depp Talks ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Filming With Leonardo DiCaprio: “I Tortured Him”

Though it’s been more than 20 years since Johnny Depp costarred with Leonardo DiCaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, the actor still remembers how much he “tortured” Leo during the movie’s filming!

“It was a hard time for me, that film, for some reason. I don’t know why. I tortured him. I really did,” Johnny, 52, said of working with Leo, 41, in the 1993 film. “He was always talking about these videos games, you know? I told you it was kind of a dark period. ‘No, I will not give you a drag of my cigarette while you hide from your mother again, Leo.'”

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Johnny and Leo at the Gilbert Grape premiere in December 1993.

Johnny and Leo were just 30 and 19-years-old, respectively, when they portrayed brothers in the flick. The movie also starred Juliette Lewis and Mary Steenburgen.

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“I’d say the absolute truth is that I respect Leo a lot,” Johnny added during his recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “He worked really hard on that film and spent a lot of time researching. He came to set and he was ready to work hard and all his ducks were in a row.”

Click through the gallery below to see the cast of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape then and now!