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

Leonardo DiCaprio almost missed out on his position in Titanic after he refused to do a display screen take a look at with co-star Kate Winslet.

James Cameron, who directed the 1997 catastrophe movie, recalled in an interview with GQ DiCaprio’s audition for the position of Jack Dawson.

“I keep in mind there was a gathering with Leo after which there was a display screen take a look at with Leo,” Cameron stated. “So the assembly was humorous as a result of I’m sitting in my convention room ready to fulfill an actor, proper? And I go searching and all the ladies in your complete workplace are within the assembly for some purpose. Like there was a feminine government producer, okay, positive. However our accountant? Why was she within the assembly? All of them simply needed to fulfill Leo, it was hysterical.”

The director defined that after Leo “charmed everyone” within the assembly, he was requested again for a display screen take a look at with Winslet, who performed Rose.

Cameron added: “So he got here again a few days later, and I had the digital camera set as much as file the video. He didn’t know he was going to check. He thought it was one other assembly to fulfill Kate. So I stated, ‘Okay, we’ll simply go within the subsequent room, and we’ll run some traces and I’ll video it.’ And he stated, ‘You imply, I’m studying?’ I stated, ‘Yeah’. He stated, ‘Oh, I don’t learn.’

“And I stated, ‘Properly’, and I shook his hand. I stated, ‘Properly, thanks for coming by.’ And he stated, ‘Wait, wait wait, you imply if I don’t learn, I don’t get the half, identical to that?’ And I stated, ‘Oh yeah, come on. This is sort of a big film, it’s gonna take two years of my life, and also you’ll be gone doing 5 different issues whereas I’m doing post-production. So, I’m not going to fuck it up by making the flawed determination in casting. So, you’re going to learn, otherwise you’re not going to get the half.’”

DiCaprio went forward with the display screen take a look at, and regardless of being “unfavourable” on the outset, Cameron was impressed by his sudden transformation into Jack.

“So [DiCaprio] is available in and he’s like, each ounce of his whole being is simply so unfavourable,” Cameron stated. “Proper up till I stated, ‘Motion’, after which he changed into Jack. And Kate simply lit up and so they went into this entire factor. Darkish clouds had opened up and a ray of solar got here down and lit up Jack.”

Cameron defined DiCaprio later returned to the director after convincing the studio to take him on, the place he prompt making adjustments to the character of Jack so he had “some affliction” or some “traumatic factor from the previous”.

“I stated, ‘Look, you’ve carried out all these nice characters that every one have an issue, whether or not it’s habit or no matter it’s,’ I stated, ‘You gotta discover ways to maintain the middle and never have all that stuff. This isn’t Richard III,’” Cameron recalled.

“’When you are able to do what you already know Jimmy Stewart did or Gregory Peck did, they simply fucking stood there. They didn’t have a limp or a lisp or no matter, then you definately’ll be prepared for this. However I’m pondering you’re not prepared, trigger what I’m speaking about is definitely a lot tougher. These issues are simpler, these are props, these are crutches. What I’m speaking about is far tougher and also you’re most likely not fairly prepared for it.’

“The second I stated that it clicked for [DiCaprio] that this was a extremely arduous, difficult movie for him. And I realised my mistake, I hadn’t laid out the problem for him sufficiently.”

Cameron is at present selling Avatar: The Manner Of Water, the sequel to 2009’s Avatar. The movie is scheduled to be launched in cinemas on December 16.

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