Leonardo DiCaprio almost lost out on ‘Titanic’ role, says James Cameron

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The actor initially refused to screen test with Kate Winslet.

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Leonardo DiCaprio almost missed his role Titanic when he refused to screen test with co-star Kate Winslet.

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James Cameron, who directed the 1997 disaster film, recalled in an interview with gq DiCaprio auditions for the role of Jack Dawson.

“I remember having a meeting with Leo and then having a screen test with Leo,” Cameron said. “So the meeting was funny because I’m sitting in my conference room waiting to meet an actor, right? And I look around and all the women in the entire office are in a meeting for some reason. Like there was a female executive producer, okay, okay. But our accountant? Why was she in the meeting? They all just wanted to meet Leo, it was ecstatic.


The director explained that after Leo “charmed everyone” at the meeting, he was called back to screen test with Winslet, who played Rose.

Cameron said: “So he came back a few days later, and I had the camera to record the video. He didn’t know he was going to take the test. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate. So I said, ‘Okay, let’s just go into the next room, and we’ll play a few lines and I’ll video it.’ And he said, ‘You mean, I’m studying?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read.’

“And I said, ‘Okay,’ and I shook his hand. I said, ‘Okay, thanks for coming.’ And he said, ‘Wait, wait, wait, you mean if I don’t read, I don’t get the part, just like that?’ And I said, ‘Oh yeah, come on. It’s like a huge movie, it’s going to take two years of my life, and you’re not going to be doing five other things while I’m doing post-production. So, I’m not going to mess it up by making a wrong casting decision. So, you’re going to read, or you’re not going to get the part.'”

DiCaprio went ahead with the screen test, and despite initially being “negative”, Cameron was impressed by his sudden transformation into Jack.

“So [DiCaprio] Comes in and he’s like, every ounce of his being is just so negative,” Cameron said. “Until I said ‘action,’ and then he turned into Jack. And Kate just lit up and they went through the whole thing. The clouds were dark and a ray of sun came down and lit Jack up.” Gave.


Cameron explained that DiCaprio later came back to the director and convinced the studio to take him on, where he suggested changes to Jack’s character so that he had “some grief” or “something painful from the past”. .

“I said, ‘Look, you’ve done all these great characters that everyone has a problem, whether it’s addiction or whatever,’ I said, ‘You have to learn how to hold the center and that’s not all. . It’s not Richard III,'” Cameron recalled.

“When you can do what you know Jimmy Stewart did or Gregory Peck did, they just fucking stood there. They didn’t have a limp or a lisp or anything, so you’ll be ready for it. But I’m thinking you’re not ready, because what I’m talking about is really, really hard. Those things are easy, they’re props, they’re crutches. What I’m talking about is very It is difficult and you are probably not prepared for it at all.

“The second I said it clicked for [DiCaprio] That it was a really difficult, challenging film for him. And I realized my mistake, I didn’t set the challenge high enough for him.”

Cameron is currently campaigning Avatar: The Way of Water2009 sequel Avatar, The film is scheduled to release in theaters on 16 December.

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