This year marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of titanic, one of the highest grossing films in cinema history. In order to remember how his filming was, the director James Cameron He gave several interviews in which he reviewed his work in front of that production.
In one of them, the filmmaker recalled an unusual reaction from Leonardo Dicaprio that was about to leave him without the main role, one of the most important of his filmography.
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What was the whim that Leonardo DiCaprio had that almost left him without a job in “Titanic”
In the report made by the magazine G.Q. to the director, James Cameron he remembered when he met Leonardo DiCpario and the actor refused to read part of the script in a screen test that he had to do with his partner Kate Winslet.
According to the story of cameronThey had a meeting planned with DiCaprio Y Winsletin full pre-production of titanic. “I was in my conference room waiting to meet the actor. When I look around, I see all the women from all over the office who are in the meeting. They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical,” he commented.
The director stressed that DiCaprio “wowed everyone” in their first meeting, but when they went to the screen test part everything was a bit more controversial, since Cameron I wanted to see the chemistry he had with Kate Winslet, already prepared for the role of Rose.
“(DiCaprio) came back a couple of days later and I had the camera set up to record video. He didn’t know he was going to do the test. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate. So I said we would go into the next room to write a few lines and record them on video. ‘You mean I’m reading?’ she asked. I said yes and he told me that he was not going to read. I shook his hand and said, ‘thanks for coming,’” he shot.
Cameron was ready to reject DiCaprio right then and there, but the actor realized he was about to make the mistake of his life. “Wait wait wait. If I don’t read, I don’t get the part? So?”, commented the filmmaker who assured him the artist.
“Yes. This is a giant movie that is going to take me two years of my life, and you are going to go do five other things while I do post-production. So, I’m not going to screw everything up by making the wrong casting decision. So you’re going to read or you’re not going to get the part”Cameron remarked emphatically.
The director recalled that DiCaprio He accepted and entered to take the test “negatively” until he said action. “So, he became Jack. Kate just fired up and they did the scene. Dark clouds had parted and a ray of sunlight came down and caught Jack. So I said he was the right person.”hill.
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titanic It is one of the highest grossing films in Hollywood: grossed over $2.2 billion since its premiere in December 1997.