Leonardo DiCaprio almost made a titanic mistake.
Director James Cameron in a brand new video interview with GQ shared how the then-21-year-old actor almost misplaced the function of Jack Dawson in 1997′s “Titanic,” the half that skyrocketed him to worldwide fame.
After having “charmed all people” throughout his preliminary assembly with Cameron — and “all the ladies in our whole workplace,” the director recalled — DiCaprio was requested to return in for a display screen take a look at reverse Kate Winslet, who co-starred as Rose DeWitt Bukater.
However DiCaprio informed Cameron he doesn’t learn for components — a deal breaker for the “large film,” which ended up with 11 Academy Awards and was Hollywood’s all-time field workplace champ for greater than a decade till Cameron’s “Avatar” in 2009.
After being given an ultimatum, DiCaprio agreed to learn and “become Jack” through the display screen take a look at, mentioned Cameron.
“I’m like, ‘Alright, he’s the man,’” mentioned Cameron, noting that DiCaprio almost misplaced the half once more when he recommended Jack have “some affliction or some drawback or some traumatic factor from the previous.”
Viewing these as “props” and “crutches,” Cameron informed DiCaprio he in all probability was “not fairly prepared” to tackle the function.
“I mentioned, ‘You gotta learn to maintain the middle and never have all that stuff. This isn’t Richard III. When you are able to do what you recognize Jimmy Stewart did or Gregory Peck did, they only f–kin’ stood there, they didn’t have a limp or a lisp or no matter, you then’ll be prepared for this,’” Cameron mentioned.
“You need the actor to … be in your film, you need them to say sure, so that you make all of it sound engaging. However he didn’t need one thing that was straightforward.”