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James Cameron: Leonardo DiCaprio thought ‘Titanic’ was boring

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“Titanic” is the biggest hit of Leonardo DiCaprio’s career, but it seems that casting the actor in the film was a difficult task for director James Cameron. The filmmaker recently told People magazine that DiCaprio found the “Titanic” script “boring” and didn’t want to star in the epic disaster romance. Cameron had to “twist” DiCaprio’s arm.

“He doesn’t want to be a leading man,” Cameron said. “I had to really twist his arm to be in the film. He didn’t want to do it. He thought it was boring. [He] Accepted the part only after I convinced him that it was actually a tough challenge.

As revealed in GQ magazine earlier this year, Cameron and DiCaprio hit another speed bump down the road on “Titanic” when DiCaprio refused to screen test the movie. Kate Winslet had already been cast as Rose, and Cameron wanted DiCaprio to screen test with her before officially casting her as Jack.

“I had my camera set up to record video,” Cameron said. “Leo didn’t know he was going to be tested. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate. So I said, ‘Okay, we’ll just go into the next room, and we’ll run some lines and I’ll video it.’ He said, ‘You mean I’m reading?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read.’ I shook his hand and said thanks for coming.

Cameron was ready to turn DiCaprio away, but the actor came back to him and said, “Wait, wait, wait. I don’t get the part if I don’t read? Like that?” Cameron replied, “Oh, yeah. Come on. It’s a giant film that’s going to take up two years of my life, and you’re going to do five more while I do post-production. So, I’m not going to screw it up with a bad decision in casting. So, you’re going to read, or you’re not going to get the part.'”

DiCaprio eventually did a screen test and the rest is history. “Titanic” celebrates its 25th anniversary by returning to theaters on Feb. 10 with a new 4K restoration.

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