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The director tells how DiCaprio almost lost the role in Titanic

The director tells how DiCaprio almost lost the role in Titanic

Leonardo DiCaprio almost never got the role of a lifetime.

In an interview, director Cameron talked about the film that won him an Oscar. He had originally considered Gwyneth Paltrow for the role of Rose before settling on Kate Winslet, and DiCaprio for the role of Jack.

The first meeting with Leo was funny. While Cameron was waiting for the first screening, DiCaprio had charmed all the women in the office. They all wanted to meet him.

The director tells how DiCaprio almost lost the role in Titanic
James Cameron and Leo DiCaprio

Yes, until here. When he then did the first rehearsal, he did not convince the director.

He called him to a second meeting and without telling him that this was another test, he handed him the script, a scrap.

"He didn't know he was going to be tested. He thought it was another date to meet Kate. So I said: We'll just go into the next room and read a few lines and I'll make a video. And he said: 'You mean to read? Oh, I don't read'. I shook his hand and said: Thank you for coming. And he said, 'Wait, wait, wait. If I don't read it first, I don't understand the part. I put it before the choice: You will read it, or you will not get the role. So he accepted and began to run on stage with all his anger. Then all of a sudden he turned into Jack. The dark clouds had moved away and a ray of sunlight came down and illuminated Jack. This is the boy I need," I said.