Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet Were Not James Cameron’s First Choice for “Titanic”: In a new video interview, visionary filmmaker James Cameron revealed shocking insight about the shooting of hit film Titanic. The director of the movie, which will be reissued next month commemorate its 25th anniversary, said that he almost dint cast Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater.
The Director Said That He Was Considering Gwyneth Paltrow for The Role of Rose
In an interview with GQ, the director said that he was considering Gwyneth Paltrow for the role of Rose. He stated that when Kate was suggested as a candidate, he was concerned that she was too typecast. And if he chooses Kate for the role, it may appear to be the “laziest casting in the world.”
“I actually didn’t see Kate at first,” he admitted in the interview. “She had done a couple of other historical dramas as well, and she was getting a reputation as ‘Corset Kate’ doing historical stuff.”
But after meeting Kate, he felt she was “amazing,” and the rest, as they say, is history.
Meanwhile There Were Several Hitches with Leonardo DiCaprio at First
Meanwhile, there were several hitches with Leonardo DiCaprio at first. “There was a meeting with Leo and then there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron explained. “The meeting was funny because I am sitting in my conference room, waiting to meet an actor. And I look around, and all the women in the entire office are in the meeting. They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical.”
He stated that the meeting went well and that the actor enchanted everyone. Leo was called back for another reading with Winslet. But things did not go as planned.
DiCaprio Assumed That Meant Another Encounter with Kate
DiCaprio Assumed That Meant They Would Have to Encounter Kate Again. However, the filmmaker had invited him to read lines with him.
And he said, ‘You mean I’m reading?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read,'” the filmmaker claimed and told him “Well, thanks for coming by.”
“He exclaimed, Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean if I don’t read, I don’t get the part? Just like that?'” the director said.
And I said, ‘Oh, yeah. Come on. This is, like, a giant movie that’s gonna take two years of my life … so I’m not gonna f-k it up by making the wrong decision in casting. So you’re gonna read, or you’re not gonna get the part.”