James Cameron revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio almost lost his role in Titanic because he didn’t want to audition.
In a retrospective video of his career for G.Q.the filmmaker explained that the Oscar-winning actor “wowed everyone” during their first meeting, so he asked him to return for a screen test with Kate Winsletwho had already been chosen as Rose in the 1997 film. epic.
However, when DiCaprio declared that he did not have to audition for his roles, James Cameron gave him an ultimatum: read for the role or say goodbye to him.
“He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate. So I said, ‘Okay, we’ll go in the next room, write a few lines, and I’ll videotape it. And he said, ‘You mean I’m reading?’ I said yes’. He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read.’ I shook his hand and said, ‘Well, thanks for coming,'” the director recalled.
“And he said, ‘Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean that if I don’t read, I don’t i get the paper? Just like that?’ And I said, ‘Oh yeah. Let’s go. This is a giant movie that is going to take two years off my life… I’m not going to screw it up by making the wrong decision in the casting. So, you’re going to read, or you’re not going to get the part.’”
DiCaprio reluctantly agreed to read for the role of Jack and allegedly had a “negative” attitude until the camera started rolling.
“Every ounce of her entire being is so negative, until I said, ‘Action.’ Then he became Jack,” Cameron shared. “Kate just lit up…and he interpreted the scene. The dark clouds had parted and a ray of sunlight came down and caught Jack. I’m like, ‘Okay. He’s the guy.’” (rts)