Cameron Said DiCaprio didn't want to do 'Titanic

Cameron Said DiCaprio didn’t want to do ‘Titanic

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron, the director of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, revealed that lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio was not initially interested in the project. According to Cameron, DiCaprio thought the script was “boring” and had to be convinced to take on the role of Jack Dawson.

Cameron said, “Leo had said, ‘I’m not interested. This is a disaster movie and they’re all boring.’ And I said, ‘Well, it’s not a disaster movie, it’s a love story with a fast-moving ship as the backdrop.’ And he said, ‘I’m still not interested.’ And I said, ‘Look, I can’t make this movie without you, I need you to do it.’ And he said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it, but I’m not happy about it.”

Despite DiCaprio’s initial reluctance, the film went on to become one of the most successful and acclaimed films of all time, grossing over $2 billion worldwide and winning 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. DiCaprio’s portrayal of Jack Dawson also earned him critical acclaim and solidified his status as one of Hollywood’s leading actors.

DiCaprio and Cameron had previously worked together on the 1994 film ‘The Basketball Diaries’ which was a low budget film and DiCaprio was not well known at the time. But after the success of Titanic, DiCaprio’s career took off and he went on to star in several critically acclaimed films, including ‘The Aviator’, ‘The Departed’, and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.

Cameron also revealed that the film’s success was not a foregone conclusion, saying, “I had no idea it would be as big as it was. I thought it would be a big hit, but I didn’t think it would become the biggest movie of all time and still hold that title.”

The film’s enduring popularity and cultural impact have made it a true cinematic classic, and it remains one of the most beloved films in history. Despite DiCaprio’s initial skepticism, it’s clear that his portrayal of Jack Dawson and the film’s compelling storyline and breathtaking visuals have cemented Titanic’s place in cinematic history.

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