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James Cameron: I almost didn’t choose DiCaprio and Kate Winslet for the lead roles in Titanic

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Titanic won eleven Oscars, but not for the main role

Next month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the iconic film Titanic. On this occasion, director James Cameron revealed that he would hardly have chosen Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet for the lead roles.



Cameron who it is received an Oscar for directing Titanic, it is in an interview for GQ said that he did not want Kate Winslet for the role of Rose, because it is the actress from the films Jude and Hamlet has already gained fame”recording of historical films“.

Choosing Kate Winslet would work like the laziest ‘casting’ in the world,it is said and revealed that you are it is initially wanted Gwyneth Paltrow for the role.

However, it does it is at the first meeting, then 22-year-old Kate Winslet cut “fantastic” and the role of Rose it is was submitted.

A bit more complicated it is was the process of selecting an actor for the role of Jack. Leonardo DiCaprio, then 23 years old it is already enjoyed the status of a Hollywood star.


The wreckage of the Titanic has been slowly disintegrating at the bottom of the Atlantic since 1912.  Photo: Reuters

The very first meeting it is was “hysterical”, and even more so it is plot twist at an audition where DiCaprio would have to read the text alongside Kate Winslet.

Are you saying I should read? I don’t readit is the Romeo and Juliet star explained that he no longer does auditions. “Thank you for cooperation,it is Cameron replied coldly.

Director it is later, the young actor managed to explain that it was an extremely large project, which he did not intend to “capture with the wrong choice of playersDiCaprio is said to have submitted to the director’s demands.

Titanic won eleven Oscars

The rest it is history. Titanic it is hit theaters on December 19, 1997 and later won eleven Oscars, including for direction and Celine Dion’s title song My Heart Will Go On, but not for the lead role.

The story of the real sinking of an “unsinkable” ship more than a hundred years ago it is Cameron entwined with fictitious romance between an aristocrat and a vagabond and with the film Winslet and DiCapria cemented themselves among the stars of Hollywood 25 years ago.

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