Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s breakout roles in James Cameron’s Titanic were well known by everybody. The movie from 1997 went on to become the most successful at the time. Out of its 13 nominations for Academy Awards, it also won 11 of them, including Best Picture and Best Director. However, it appears that at first, actor Leonardo DiCaprio did not believe in the film’s potential and thought its script was “boring.”
Leonardo DiCaprio was not willing to star in the epic catastrophe romance movie, according to filmmaker James Cameron, who discussed this in an interview with People Magazine before the 80th Golden Globes celebration. Cameron said, “He didn’t want to do a leading man. I had to really twist his arm to be in the movie. He didn’t want to do it. He thought it was boring. [He] accepted the part only when I convinced him that it was actually a difficult challenge. It didn’t surprise me, first of all, that he’s made a lot of authentic choices going forward. And secondly, I never doubted his talent.”
Leonardo did not want to read the character or have an audition for the movie, James Cameron has previously stated. James Cameron saw to it that the Wolf of Wall Street actor took the required reading exam because it was a requirement for the role. The director has also stated that he does not think Titanic would have been the movie it is today without the presence of its two main actors, Leo and Kate, ahead of its 25th anniversary. On February 10, Titanic will be screened in theatres to mark its 25th anniversary.
The cast of Titanic also include Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Victor Garber, and Bill Paxton, who play doomed lovers Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater. Before the event next month, a fresh teaser and poster for the movie were unveiled. With a $2.2 billion domestic box office haul, Titanic is currently the third highest-grossing film.