James Cameron says Leonardo DiCaprio almost lost ‘Titanic’ role
Leonardo DiCaprio Almost missed his role the titanic After refusing to screen test with co-star Kate Winslet.
“I remember having a meeting with Leo and then having a screen test with Leo,” Cameron said. “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 was a female executive producer, okay, okay. But our accountant? Why was he at the meeting? They all just wanted to meet Leo, it was hysterical.”
The director explained that after Leo “impressed everyone” at the meeting, he was asked back for a screen test with Winslet playing Rose.
Cameron added: “So he came back a few days later, and I set up the camera to record the video. He didn’t know he was going to take the test. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate. So I said, ‘Okay. , we’ll just go into the next room, and we’ll run some lines and I’ll video it.’ He said, ‘You mean I’m reading?’ I said, ‘Yes’. He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read.’
“And I said, ‘Well,’ and I shook his hand. I said, ‘Well, thanks for coming.’ He said, ‘Wait, wait, you mean I don’t get the part if I don’t read, right?’ And I said, ‘Oh yeah, come on. It’s like a giant movie, it’s going to take up two years of my life, and you’re going to go do five more while I’m in post-production. So, I’m not going to screw it up with a bad casting decision. . So, you’re going to read, or you’re not going to get the part.'”
DiCaprio went ahead with the screen test and despite initially being “negative”, Cameron was impressed by his sudden transformation into Jack.
“So [DiCaprio] comes in and he’s like, every ounce of his whole being is so negative,” Cameron said. “Until I say, ‘Action,’ and then he turns into Jack. And Kate just lit up and they went through this whole thing. The dark clouds parted and a ray of sunlight came down and illuminated Jack.”
Cameron explained that DiCaprio later went back to the director to convince the studio to take him on, where he suggested changing Jack’s character so that he had “some suffering” or “traumatic things from the past”.
“I said, ‘Look, you’ve done all these great characters who all have problems, whether it’s addiction or whatever,’ I said, ‘You’ve got to learn how to hold the center and not have all that stuff. It’s Richard III. No,’ Cameron recalled.
“‘When you know you can do what Jimmy Stewart or Gregory Peck did, they just stood there. They didn’t have a limp or a lisp or whatever, then you’d be ready for it. But I don’t think you’re ready, because what I Speaking is actually very difficult. Those things are easy, those are props, those are crutches. What I’m talking about is very difficult and you’re probably not quite ready for it.’
“The second I said that it clicked [DiCaprio] That it was a really tough, challenging film for him. And I realized my mistake, I didn’t challenge him enough.”
Cameron is currently campaigning Avatar: The Way of Water2009 sequel avatar. The film is slated to hit theaters on December 16.
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