Why Leonardo DiCaprio Nearly Lost ‘Titanic’ Role

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He nearly let go of Jack. Director James Cameron revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio nearly misplaced the position of Jack in Titanic on account of his “damaging” angle through the public sale course of.

“There was a gathering with Leo after which there was a display screen take a look at with Leo,” the filmmaker, 68, recalled whereas breaking down his most iconic movies for GQ in a video revealed on Tuesday, November 22. “The assembly was humorous as a result of I’m sitting in my convention room, ready to satisfy an actor. And I go searching, and all the ladies in your entire workplace are within the assembly for some cause.”

Cameron added that everybody from the manager producer to the accountant turned up that day as a result of “they simply all wished to satisfy Leo. It was hysterical. I appeared round and I went, ‘I believe I already know the reply to this query.’”

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James Cameron and Leonardo Dicaprio throughout filming of ‘Titanic’.
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However whereas the Wolf of Wall Avenue star, 48, “charmed” everybody on his first assembly, tensions arose when the Avatar director requested him to come back again for a display screen take a look at to see how nicely he linked with Kate Winslet. “He got here again a few days later, and I had the digicam set as much as document the video,” Cameron mentioned. “He didn’t know he was going to check. He thought it was one other assembly to satisfy Kate. So, I mentioned, ‘OK, we’ll simply go within the subsequent room, and we’ll run some traces and I’ll video it.’ And he mentioned, ‘You imply, I’m studying?’ … Oh, I don’t learn.’”

In response, the Canada native revealed that he shook DiCaprio’s hand and thanked him for coming in earlier than explaining that if he wouldn’t learn for the position, he wasn’t getting the half.

“I mentioned, ‘Come on. This can be a large film that’s going to take two years of my life, and also you’ll be gone doing 5 different issues whereas I’m doing post-production,’” Cameron recalled. “[I said,] ‘I’m not going to f—ok it up by making the unsuitable resolution in casting. So, you’re going to learn, otherwise you’re not going to get the half.’”

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The Romeo + Juliet star reluctantly agreed to the display screen take a look at, however he made his displeasure identified to everybody within the room. “He is available in, and … each ounce of his whole being is simply so damaging, proper up till I mentioned, ‘Motion.’ Then he was Jack,” the Terminator director recounted. “Kate simply lit up, they usually performed the scene.”

Cameron continued: “Darkish clouds had opened up, and a ray of solar got here down and lit up Jack. I’m like, ‘All proper. He’s the man.’”

Regardless of the preliminary pressure between him and the Aliens filmmaker, DiCaprio has incessantly praised Titanic and the affect it has had on his profession. “You realize, it’s been such a very long time, nevertheless it was such, you realize, an enormous a part of my life,” the Revenant star advised CBS This Morning in February 2014. “And other people possibly suppose I’ve a response to that movie. However the reality is, I’m extremely happy with it. And never solely that, the film has actually [allowed] me [to] be accountable for my profession.”

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Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet in ‘Titanic’.
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5 years later, Cameron advised Us Weekly that he’d like to discover a approach to work with DiCaprio once more. “[It’s a] no-brainer,” he mentioned in February 2019. “I haven’t gone so far as to put in writing a personality for him particularly, that type of factor, however I can actually think about it taking place.”

On the time, he advised Us that he nonetheless retains in contact together with his former main man by means of their shared ardour for environmental conservation. “Leo and I collide principally within the environmental circles as a result of he’s doing plenty of good work round local weather change and the surroundings and sustainability … we’re not collaborating instantly however we type of cross paths on a regular basis in that world,” Cameron revealed.