Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most well-respected and talented actors: a philanthropist who uses his international stardom to promote his cause of environmental sustainability. DiCaprio is known as much for his acting ability as for his track record of dating beautiful supermodels. He has maintained a place on the Hollywood A-list since the 1990’s.
But now, in the wake of the Titanic 3D world premiere, director James Cameron revealed Friday that the acclaimed star almost missed the boat on achieving international fame in Titanic:
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“I think he (DiCaprio) sensed that Kate’s character was the more interesting because she had the greater journey,” Cameron explained. “So I said, ‘Now, look, you’re the one who represents the kind of male icon women want, the kind of guy who listens and understands and sees who they are as a person. And that’s going to be tricky, because you’re not going to the drug addiction or the mental incapacitation in The Basketball Diaries or Gilbert Grape. You’re going to have to stand there and still hold people’s attention and have that focus; you’ll have to learn that discipline.’ And when he realized that it was going to be a challenge, he wanted to do it” (Elle).
DiCaprio had acted, even starred, in films before Titanic, but it was the 1997 blockbuster that catapulted him to mega-stardom.
Cameron also revealed in the interview that he wanted Titanic to be a love story, but more than that alone:
“My goal with Titanic was to take people on a powerful emotional journey,” he says. “Diving the wreck was that for me. Some critics treated the movie as if it were a lightweight teenage love story, but it was never that in my mind. My research came from reading things like Reviving Ophelia, trying to get into the mind-set of a girl coming to some sense of herself after the tumult of the teenage years and the society that tries to suppress all her ambitions and passions.”
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DiCaprio’s Titanic and later Revolutionary Road (2008) costar Kate Winslet called the film a “genuine” love story that “will always capture people’s hearts” during the Titanic 3D world premiere (Video).
“It’s kind of a timeless classic, isn’t it?”
It is, Rose!
What do you think of Leonardo DiCaprio’s choice to take the role of Jack in the 1997 classic film? How about Cameron’s decision to re-release Titanic in 3D?
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