James Cameron Says Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Didn’t Get ‘Titanic’ Role Because He Didn’t Want To Audition – Deadline

James Cameron Says Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Didn’t Get ‘Titanic’ Role Because He Didn’t Want To Audition – Deadline

James Cameron It is revealing Leonardo DiCaprio Couldn’t have been Jack Dawson in about 1997 the titanic Because he doesn’t want to read for the part.

“I remember having a meeting with Leo. And then there was a screen test Leo,” Cameron once recalled Interview with GQ. “So the meeting was fun because I’m sitting in my conference room meeting an actor, right? And I look around and all the women in the whole office are in meetings for some reason. Like, there’s a female executive producer, okay, okay. But our accountant? Why was he at the meeting? They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical. I looked around, and I went, ‘I think I already know the answer to the question here.’

Cameron said DiCaprio impressed everyone at the meeting, including himself. However, the director still wanted to see how his chemistry with Kate Winslet was going to be. Days later, DiCaprio showed up again and didn’t know Cameron was going to check on him.

The the titanic The director said that DiCaprio told him, “Oh, I don’t read.” Cameron then said he shook the actor’s hand and thanked him for coming. Cameron said seeing DiCaprio miss the opportunity Romeo + Juliet The star said, “Wait, wait, wait. You mean, if I don’t read, I don’t get the part.”

Cameron then explained to DiCaprio that the film was “like a huge movie that’s going to take up two years of my life and you’re going to go do five more, while I’m doing post-production and all the modeling and everything. . . so I’m not going to do it. I’m making the wrong casting decisions, so you’re going to fall or you’re not going to get the part.”

DiCaprio had no choice but to read for Cameron, and as the director observed the actor he could tell that “every ounce of his entire being was so negative.” However, when the director called the action, Cameron said DiCaprio “became Jack and Kate just lit up and they went through this whole thing and she played the scene. The dark clouds parted, a ray of sunlight came down and lit up Jack. I think, ‘ Well, he’s the guy.’

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