James Cameron Reveals Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Were Not the First Choice for “Titanic”

Titanic was released in 1997 and won 11 Academy Awards.

Visionary filmmaker James Cameron recently revealed surprising details from the making of the blockbuster movie “Titanic” in a video interview. The film, which celebrates 25 years of its release next month, said they almost didn’t cast Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bucator.

filmmaker in interview gq revealed that he was initially thinking of someone like Gwyneth Paltrow for Rose. He added that when Kate was proposed as a substitute, he feared she was too typecast. And if he casts Kate in the role it may sound like “the laziest casting in the world”.

“I hadn’t really seen Kate before,” he said in the interview. “She also did a few other historical plays, and was getting a reputation as ‘Corset Kate’ doing historical things.”

But soon after meeting Kate, he thought she was “fabulous,” and the rest, of course, is history.

Meanwhile there were several hiccups initially with Leonardo DiCaprio. “There was a meeting with Leo and then there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron said. “The meeting was fun because I’m sitting in my conference room, waiting to meet an actor. And I look around, and all the women in the whole office are in the meeting. They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical.” was.”

He said the meeting went well and the actor charmed everyone. DiCaprio was asked back to read with Winslet. But it didn’t go so smoothly.

The filmmaker said that the actor showed up at the audition with a diva-like attitude.

“So Leo came in – of course, mesmerizing everyone, including me,” Cameron explained. “And I said, ‘Okay, let’s see how your chemistry is with Kate.’

The actor thought that meant another meeting with Kate. But the filmmaker called them to read the lines together.

“And he said, ‘You mean I’m studying?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read,'” the filmmaker then claimed that he extended his hand to the star and told her, “Okay, thanks for coming.”

“He said, ‘Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean if I don’t read, I don’t get the part? Just like that?'” the director continued.

“And I said, ‘Oh, yeah. Come on. It’s like a huge movie that’s going to take two years of my life… So I’m not going to fix it by making a bad casting decision. That’s why you’re about to read , or you’re not going to get the part.”

The actor presented to his credits and the filmmaker recalled how the actor ‘lit up’ and “got jacked”.

Titanic was released in 1997 and won 11 Academy Awards.

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