Leonardo DiCaprio Nearly Lost ‘Titanic’ Role Over ‘Negative’ Attitude, James Cameron Says: ‘I’m Not Going to F—K It Up’
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Director James Cameron revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio almost lost the role of Jack in Titanic due to his “negative” attitude during the auction process.
“There was a meeting with Leo and then there was a screen test with Leo,” the filmmaker, 68, recalled while breaking down his most iconic films for GQ in a video published on Tuesday, November 22.
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“The meeting was funny because I am sitting in my conference room, waiting to meet an actor. And I look around, and all the women in the entire office are in the meeting for some reason.”
“He came back a couple of days later, and I had the camera set up to record the video,” Cameron said. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate.
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“I said, ‘Come on. This is a giant movie that is going to take two years of my life, and you’ll be gone doing five other things while I’m doing post-production,'” Cameron recalled.
“He comes in, and … every ounce of his entire being is just so negative, right up until I said, ‘Action.’ Then he turned into Jack,” the Terminator director recounted.
“Kate just lit up, and they played the scene.”
“You know, it’s been such a long time, but it was such, you know, a huge part of my life,” the Revenant star told CBS This Morning in February 2014.
“And people maybe think I have a reaction to that film. But the truth is, I’m incredibly proud of it. And not only that, the movie has really [allowed] me [to] be in control of my career.”
“I haven’t gone as far as to write a character for him specifically, that sort of thing, but I can certainly imagine it happening.”
“Leo and I collide mostly in the environmental circles because he’s doing a lot of good work around climate change and the environment ...
...and sustainability … we’re not collaborating directly but we sort of cross paths all the time in that world,” Cameron revealed.
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