In a recent video interview, visionary filmmaker James Cameron revealed surprising details about the making of the blockbuster movie Titanic. The film, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next month, said it almost didn’t cast Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater.
The filmmaker revealed in an interview with GQ that he originally thought of someone like Gwyneth Paltrow for Rose. He said that when Kate was offered as an option, he feared she was too typecast. If he chooses Kate for the role, it may seem like “the world’s laziest casting.”
“I didn’t actually see Kate at first,” she said in an interview. “She had done several other historical dramas, and she had a reputation as ‘Corset Kate,’ who did historical things.”
But shortly after meeting Kate, he thought she was “fantastic” and the rest, of course, is history.
Meanwhile, with Leonardo DiCaprio, there were a lot of hiccups at first. “There was a meeting with Leo and then there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron said. “The meeting was funny because I’m sitting in my conference room, waiting to meet the actor. And I look around and all the women in the whole office are in a meeting. They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical.”
He said that the meeting went well and the actor impressed everyone. DiCaprio was asked back to sing with Winslet. But it didn’t go so smoothly.
The film director said that the actor behaved like a diva in the auditions.
“So here came Leo – he charmed everyone, including me, of course,” Cameron said. “And I said, ‘Okay, let’s see how your chemistry is with Kate.’
The actor thought this meant another date with Kate. But the director asked him to sing the lines together.
“And he said, ‘You mean I sing?’ I said: “Yes.” She said, “Oh, I don’t sing,” the director then claimed to have reached out to the star and told her, “Okay, thank you for coming.”
He said wait, wait, wait. You mean if I don’t read it, I don’t understand that part? The director continued.
“And I said, ‘Oh, yeah.’ Come on. It’s a huge movie that’s going to take up two years of my life… so I’m not going to screw it up by making a bad casting decision. you will study or you won’t be able to get the part.”
The actor fulfilled his duty, and the director recalled how the actor “burned” and “turned into Jack”.
Titanic was released in 1997 and won 11 Academy Awards.
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