James Cameron: Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Lost ‘Titanic’ Starring Role

Academy Award-winning director James Cameron won’t let anyone get in the way of his vision, whether it be Executive Director P Leonardo DiCaprio.

in interview with gq Published Tuesday, the legendary director revealed that DiCaprio nearly lost his role in the 1997 film.Titanicbecause the not yet megastar initially refused to read for the role.

“So Leo, of course, came along, charmed everyone, including me,” Cameron told the magazine about the casting. “I said, ‘OK, let’s see what kind of chemistry you have with chain [Winslet].’ So it comes in a couple of days and I set up the camera to record video.”

Years later, when DiCaprio was a star in his childhood and adolescence, he had amassed an impressive resume to that point, starring in major films opposite. Johnny Depp as well as Robert DeNiro, but he had yet to headline a $200 million blockbuster like Titanic. Winslet has already starred in the film.

“He walked in, he thought it was another meeting to meet Kate,” Cameron told GQ. “And I said, ‘OK, so we’ll just go to the next room and we’ll just run a few lines and I’ll videotape it.’ And he said, “You mean what I’m reading?” And I said yes. He said, “Oh, I don’t read.”

Cameron recalled shaking his hand and thanking him “for coming.” DiCaprio, in his early 20s, was so taken aback by the rather harmless request that he asked, “Wait, wait, wait, you mean if I don’t read I won’t get the part? Just?”

TerminatorThe director was adamant.

“Oh yes,” Cameron said, he said to DiCaprio. “Come on. It’s like a giant movie that will take up two years of my life and you’ll be doing five other things while I’m doing post-production and all the modeling work. … I’m not going to spoil everything by making the wrong casting decision.”

DiCaprio eventually agreed and auditioned for the role of Jack Dawson with “every ounce of his whole being”. Cameron said that “the dark clouds parted and a ray of sunshine came down and illuminated Jack.”

Titanic grossed over $600 million during domestic releases, made another $59 million from later re-releases, and has grossed $2.2 billion worldwide to date. according to variety.

Cameron’s film won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Although DiCaprio didn’t win any awards for Titanic, his decision to audition for Cameron helped him build one of the most successful careers in Hollywood. and finally the Oscar for Best Actor in 2016..