Titanic director James Cameron has revealed that actor Leonardo DiCaprio almost missed out on one of his most well-known roles for being “too negative”.
According to the director, DiCaprio did not want to read lines with potential co-star Kate Winslet in a screen test.
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“There was a meeting with Leo and then there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron told GQ.
“The meeting was funny because I am sitting in my conference room, waiting to meet an actor… I look around, and all the women in the entire office are in the meeting…
“They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical.”
Cameron said the young actor “charmed everybody” and made an impression with his acting chops, leading to a callback.
“He came back a couple of days later, and I had the camera set up to record the video,” the director continued.
“He didn’t know he was going to test. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate.
“So I said, ‘Okay, we’ll just go in the next room, and we’ll run some lines, and I’ll video it.’ And he said, ‘You mean, I’m reading?’
“I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read.’
“I shook his hand and said, ‘Thanks for coming by’.”
Surprised by Cameron’s directness, DiCaprio supposedly said, “Wait, wait, wait. If I don’t read, I don’t get the part? Just like that?”
DiCaprio changed his mind, agreeing to do the screen test, but reportedly complained all the way up to when the scene began.
“He comes in, and he’s like every ounce of his entire being is just so negative … right up until I said, ‘Action’,” Cameron recalled.
“Then he turned into Jack.
“Kate just lit up, and they played the scene. Dark clouds had opened up, and a ray of sun came down and lit up Jack.
“I’m like, ‘All right. He’s the guy’.”
The role of Jack Dawson went on to become one of DiCaprio’s most well-known and led to Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award wins.
Titanic won 11 of the 14 Academy Award nominations it received including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
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