By Andrea Cooper
24 November 2022
As Titanic clocks in 25 years of its glorious release. James Cameron shared many secrets, like how he never was going to cast Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet – his leading couple.
While he was thinking of Gwyneth Paltrow for Rose, destiny panned differently.
“I actually didn’t see Kate at first. She had done a couple of other historical dramas as well, and she was getting a reputation as ‘Corset Kate’ doing historical stuff.” shared Cameron
He was afraid choosing her was something like," the laziest casting in the world.”
With DiCaprio, there was more drama. He had become famous by this time with Oscar nominations as well. meanwhile, there were some initial hiccups. James shared, “He came in, he thought it was another meeting to meet Kate." While the director wanted to do a screen test of sorts. He told them, “We’ll just run some lines, and I’ll video it.”
Leonardo took it differently and asked again, “You mean I’m reading?"
He explained to DiCaprio the extent of the film, the vision, and the kind of dedication needed. Thankfully Jack understood and went ahead for the screen audition. And well the rest is history as both of them bagged the roles and smashed the box office.
“Titanic” was released on December 19, 1997, while scoring 11 Academy Awards, including best director for Cameron.