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James Cameron almost didn’t choose Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet to star in ‘Titanic’

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Dan Hechin, CNN

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 7:48 AM EST

Last Updated Wednesday, November 23, 2022 7:48 AM EST

(CNN) — James Cameron has shared some surprising details about the making of the blockbuster “Titanic,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary next month.

In a new video interview with GQthe iconic director revealed he almost didn’t end up casting Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet.

While considering the actor to play the role of the star-crossed lover on the ocean liner of fate, Cameron explained that he had initially considered a Gwyneth Paltrow-like figure for Rose, saying Winslet was suggested as an option, but I was afraid she wouldn’t be too typecast.

“I didn’t actually meet Kate at first,” he said in the video. (The actress’ three credits for “Leader” before “Titanic” were also in 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility” and a year later in the period costume dramas “Jude” and “Hamlet.”) It is true.)

Cameron went on to say he feared getting Winslet in the role “would look like the laziest casting in the world”, but nevertheless eventually agreed to meet her. I thought she was “great”, but the rest is history.

DiCaprio, on the other hand, had some initial problems.

After his first “hysterical” meeting with the Heartthrob actor, after all the women in the production office somehow ended up in the boardroom with Cameron, DiCaprio was already cast by that point. I was invited to a screen test with Winslet.

However, when the “Romeo + Juliet” star came out, he was surprised to learn that he had to read the lines and measure his chemistry on camera with Winslet.

“He walked in thinking it was another meeting to see Kate,” Cameron explained.

He recalled telling the pair, “We’re just going to do some lines and we’ll make a video of it.”

But then DiCaprio (who had directed several films by then and was nominated for an Oscar for 1993’s The Gilbert Grape Eater) said to Cameron, “You mean I’m reading? .. I didn’t read it.” He no longer had to audition for movie roles.

Without a moment’s hesitation, Cameron reached out to Star and said, “Thank you for coming.”

The director then told DiCaprio of the enormity of the project ahead of them, that the film would take two years out of his life, and that he was “not going to ruin it by making the wrong casting decisions.” I explained that

“So are you going to read it or is it useless,” Cameron told the young actor.

DiCaprio reluctantly submitted.

Cameron recalled how the actor “became bright” and “became Jack”, creating an electrochemistry with Winslet that was later clearly seen in the film itself.

“Titanic” sailed into theaters on December 19, 1997 and ultimately won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Director for Cameron.

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