Titanic made history when it became the first movie to make more than $1 billion. It’s interesting to learn that Leonardo DiCaprio almost didn’t get to play his famous role because he fought with the famous director James Cameron during the tryout process. Let’s find out what went down.
Cameron had some interesting things to say about how the movie was made.
Cameron talked about what happened and said he met with Leonardo DiCaprio and then had a screen test with him. He found the meeting quite funny as he waited in his conference room for the actor. He noticed that all the women in the office had gathered for the meeting, eager to meet Leo.
Cameron said that when they first met, DiCaprio was charming and made a good impression on everyone. So, he was asked to return for another practice where he would read with Kate Winslet, who had already been cast. But Cameron admitted that this second meeting didn’t go as planned initially.
Cameron told the story of what happened and said that DiCaprio came back a few days later.
Cameron had set up the camera to record a movie, but DiCaprio didn’t know about it. He thought it was another chance to see Kate Winslet. Then Cameron told them what was going on and said, “Okay, let’s just go into the next room and run some lines. I’ll video it.”
DiCaprio’s answer surprised me: “You mean I’m reading?” Cameron said yes, but DiCaprio was unsure and said, “Oh, I don’t read.” Cameron shook his hand and thanked him for coming, but DiCaprio quickly realised what was at stake and asked, “Wait, if I don’t read, I don’t get the part?” “Simple as that?”
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Cameron made it clear that he couldn’t make the wrong choice when choosing such a big movie that would take years to make. He told them in no uncertain terms, “You’re going to read, or you’re not going to get the part.”
Even though he didn’t want to initially, DiCaprio agreed to read for the part. Cameron says that until the camera started running, DiCaprio had a negative and frustrated air about him. But when the director said “Action,” things changed very interestingly. DiCaprio moved into the role of Jack with ease, and the scene came to life.
Cameron described the change in great detail, saying that Kate Winslet’s face lit up with joy and felt like a ray of light had broken through the clouds. At that important moment, Cameron knew, “He’s the guy.”
So, yes, the Titanic is still a fascinating and deeply moving story about a very sad time in history. It’s hard to talk about this movie without thinking of Rose and Jack, who will always be in our minds as the perfect example of love.