Actor LEONARDO DiCAPRIO learned he had great similarities with HOWARD HUGHES while portraying him in upcoming movie THE AVIATOR - because of their passion for privacy.

The big-budget biopic, which debuts in America on 17 December (04), sees DiCaprio as the dashing aviator and film-maker who courted a number of Hollywood actresses, including Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Jean HARLOW.

He says, "He was the last private man. He was one of the most iconic men the country has ever seen, but he had a strong need for privacy. I can empathise with that."

07/10/2004 08:54