James Cameron is sharing some shocking particulars from the making of his blockbuster hit “Titanic,” which celebrates 25 years of being launched subsequent month.
In a brand new video interview with GQ, the enduring director revealed that he virtually didn’t find yourself casting Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet – his two romantic leads whose careers as main Hollywood film stars have been cemented by the landmark Oscar-winning movie.
Whereas contemplating actors to play the roles of his star-crossed lovers on the doomed ocean liner, Cameron defined that he was initially pondering of somebody like Gwyneth Paltrow for Rose, and that whereas Winslet had been proposed as an choice, he was afraid she was an excessive amount of of a typecast.
“I actually didn’t see Kate at first,” he mentioned within the video. “She had done a couple of other historical dramas as well, and she was getting a reputation as ‘Corset Kate’ doing historical stuff.” (It’s true that “The Reader” actress’s three credit previous to “Titanic” have been additionally interval costume dramas – “Sense and Sensibility” in 1995, adopted by “Jude” and “Hamlet” one yr later.)
Cameron went on to say that he was afraid that placing Winslet within the function “was going to look like the laziest casting in the world,” however that he nonetheless agreed to fulfill her ultimately. After all, he thought she was “fantastic,” and the remainder is historical past.
With DiCaprio, in the meantime, there have been some preliminary hiccups.
After an preliminary “hysterical” assembly with the heartthrob actor, by which all the ladies within the manufacturing workplace in some way ended up within the convention room alongside Cameron, DiCaprio was invited again for a display screen take a look at with Winslet, who had already been forged at that time.
However when the “Romeo + Juliet” star got here in, he was stunned to study he’d need to learn strains and be filmed alongside Winslet to gauge their chemistry on digital camera.
“He came in, he thought it was another meeting to meet Kate,” Cameron described.
He remembered telling the pair, “We’ll just run some lines, and I’ll video it.”
However then DiCaprio – who by then had led a number of motion pictures and scored an Oscar nomination for 1993’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” – knowledgeable Cameron, “You mean I’m reading?…I don’t read,” which means that he now not submitted to having to audition for movie roles.
With out lacking a beat, Cameron prolonged his hand to the star and and advised him, “Well, thanks for coming by.”
The director then defined to DiCaprio the enormity of the undertaking earlier than them, how the movie was going to take two years out of his life, and the way he was “not going to f**k it up by making the wrong decision in casting.”
“So you’re going to read or you’re not going to get the part,” Cameron mentioned he advised the younger actor.
DiCaprio reluctantly submitted, to his credit score.
Cameron remembered how the actor “lit up” and “became Jack,” creating electrical chemistry with Winslet later seen plainly within the movie itself.
“Titanic” sailed into theaters on December 19, 1997 and finally went on to win 11 Academy Awards, together with greatest director for Cameron.