‘Titanic’ filmmaker James Cameron revealed Leonardo DiCaprio almost wasn’t cast in classic film

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s behavior was almost the tip of the iceberg for “Titanic” director James Cameron.

During an interview with GQ, Cameron revealed that DiCaprio was not cast in his famed role as Jack in the classic romantic drama after refusing to read lines with Kate Winslet during the audition process.

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“There was a meeting with Leo and then there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron explained.

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“The meeting was fun because I’m sitting in my conference room, waiting to meet an actor…I look around and all the women in the whole office are in a meeting…They all wanted to meet Leo. . It was ecstatic.

The ‘Titanic’ director remembered first meeting DiCaprio because “he charmed everyone.”

Since Cameron liked her performance, he asked DiCaprio to come back and read with Winslet, who was already set to play Rose.

“He came back a few days later and I had the camera to record the video,” Cameron continued.

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“He didn’t know he was going to be tested. He thought it was just another meeting to meet Kate. So I said, “Okay, we’re just going to go into the next room, and we’re going to do a few lines, and I’m going to” I’m going to make a video of it. And he said, ‘You mean, I’m studying?’ I said yes.’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read.’ I shook his hand and said, ‘Thank you for coming.’ »

At that point, a confused DiCaprio replied, “Wait, wait, wait. If I don’t read, I don’t get the part? Just like that?”

Cameron replied, “Oh, yeah. Come on. It’s a huge movie that’s going to take two years of my life, and you’re not going to do five other things while I do post-production…I’m taking a bad casting decision, it’s not a mess. So you’re going to read, or you’re not going to participate.

He further explained that the ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ star kept whining and complaining about reading lines before he auditioned.

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“He happens, and he’s so negative, like every ounce of his whole being…until I say, ‘Action.’ Then he turned into Jack,” Cameron said.

“Kate just turned on and they played the scene. The dark clouds had parted, and a ray of sunlight came down and lit up Jack. I’m like, ‘Okay. man.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker’s comments come on the eve of the film’s 25th anniversary next month.

Cameron’s epic love story grossed $600.78 million when it first ran in the late 90s.

After the success of “Titanic”, Cameron went on to work on several other iconic films including “Avatar”. His previous works include “The Terminator” and “Aliens”.

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