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Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Didn’t Play Jack in ‘Titanic’ Says James Cameron

Earlier this week Avatar The Way of Water director and screenwriter James Cameron set down with GQ in order to talk about his latest movie. The acclaimed filmmaker ended upgoing through all his films and revealed some behindthescenes information about every project hes done. One of them was of course Titanic a movie that is a landmark for both his career and cinema itself.

Titanic became the highestgrossing movie ever made in 1997 and made superstars out of lead actors Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. At the time they probably didnt realize how big it would be but Cameron certainly knew what kind of project he was putting together. Thats why he had the clear notion that the casting of starcrossed lovers Jack DiCaprio and Rose Winslet had to be perfect. During the interview he revealed that he was initially hesitant to call Winslet for an audition a decision which he immediately regretted after watching her read him lines.

For DiCaprio however the casting process started off on the wrong foot and the director could easily have gone the other way if Leo hadnt broken his own rules. Cameron states Needless to say the Titanic story could have gone a lot differently if DiCaprio hadnt felt angry at Cameron. As the director continues telling the story he reveals that the young actor was so frustrated that the director wasnt willing to give him the role on the spot that he decided to audition out of spite. What happened next was magical

Titanic was at the time of production the most expensive film ever made. It held the title of highestgrossing film ever for 12 years and it was the first one the cross the $1 billion in ticket sales mark. A lot of that success relied on the undisputable chemistry between DiCaprio and Winslet which had to fuel the story for at least over an hour – the sinking sequence only begins about halfway through the movie. The cast also features Kathy Bates Billy Zane Gloria Stuart Victor Garber and Bill Paxton.


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