Johnny Depp Admits He Wasn't Always Nice to Leonardo DiCaprio

PHOTO: Johnny Depp appears onstage at the Maltin Modern Master award tribute during the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Feb. 4, 2016 in Santa Barbara, Calif. PlayMark Davis/Getty Images
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Leonardo DiCaprio was only a teenager when he worked with Johnny Depp on the set of the 1993 film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

Depp recently admitted he wasn't the friendliest person on set back then while accepting the Maltin Modern Master Award during the 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

"I tortured him," the Oscar-nominated actor said Thursday, according to People magazine.

DiCaprio portrayed Depp's developmentally disabled younger brother in what is largely considered his breakout role. The role earned DiCaprio his first Academy Award nomination.

"It was a hard time for me, that film, for some reason. I don't know why," Depp, 52, recalled of filming the family drama.

"[DiCaprio] was always talking about these videos games, you know? I told you it was kind of a dark period," he added. "'No, I will not give you a drag of my cigarette while you hide from your mother again, Leo.'"

Still, Depp said he had great respect for DiCaprio, 41, as a young actor.

"I'd say the absolute truth is that I respect Leo a lot. 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."