Visionary filmmaker James Cameron in a recent video interview revealed surprising details about the making of the blockbuster “Titanic”. The 25th anniversary film, due out next month, said it almost did not cast Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater.
Filmmaker in interview with GQ revealed that he was originally thinking of someone like Gwyneth Paltrow for Rose. He said that when Kate was suggested as an option, he feared that she was too model-like. And if he did cast Kate for the role it could sound like “the laziest casting in the world”.
“I really didn’t see Kate at first,” he said in the interview. “She’s also done a few other historical dramas, and she’s famous as ‘Corset Kate’ acting in period films.”
But right after his meeting with Kate, he thought she was “awesome”, and of course, the rest is history.
Meanwhile, with Leonardo DiCaprio, there were many hiccups at first. Cameron said: “There was a meeting with Leo and then a test with Leo. “The meeting was funny because I was sitting in my conference room, waiting to see an actor. And I looked around, and all the women in the entire office were in the meeting. They all wanted to see Leo. It’s provocative.”
He said that the meeting went well and that the actor drew everyone in. DiCaprio was asked to reread with Winslet. But it didn’t go so smoothly.
The filmmaker said that the actor appeared at the audition with the same attitude as a diva.
Cameron explains: “So Leo came in – of course, seduced everyone, myself included. “And I said, ‘Okay, let’s see what your chemistry is like with Kate.'”
The actor thinks that means another meeting with Kate. But the filmmaker called him to read the lines together.
“And he said, ‘You mean I’m reading?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Oh, I didn’t read,'” the filmmaker then stated that he reached out his hand to the star and told him, “Well, thanks for stopping by.”
“He said, ‘Wait, wait. You mean if I don’t read, I won’t get any? Is that all?'” continued the director.
“And I said, ‘Oh, yeah. Come on. This is like a giant movie that’s going to take two years of my life… so I’m not going to spoil it by making the wrong decision. when casting. So you either read, or you don’t get the part.”
The actor took credit and the filmmaker remembered how the actor ‘lighted up’ and ‘became Jack’.
Titanic was released in 1997 and won 11 Oscars.
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