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Leonardo DiCaprio Thought Titanic Was “Boring”, Didn’t Want To Play Lead Role

There is no doubt that Leonardo DiCaprio’s career took a massive turn after he worked in James Cameron’s Titanic. Despite getting so much recognition with the help of that movie, Leonardo DiCaprio felt like the role was boring and did not want to be a part of it.

The director of the movie, James Cameron had to convince the actor to take up the role as he “never doubted his talent.” After a lot of convincing, the actor decided to play the part in a movie that became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

James Cameron had to convince Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic (1997)

Recently, director James Cameron gave an interview to People at the 80th Golden Globes Awards, which was held on January 10, 2023. In the interview, the director revealed that he had to convince actor Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jack in his blockbuster film Titanic. He 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.”

The actor was a growing star back in the 1990s and managed to become a known face in the industry. However, Titanic changed everything, as the movie made him a household name, and his work was loved by his fans all over the world.

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James Cameron never doubted the actor’s talent

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic

The director further revealed that he was so eager to have him in the movie as he never doubted his talent. The actor only accepted the part of Jack after he was told that “it was actually a difficult challenge.” The director said,

“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.”

It was also recently revealed that the studios also didn’t want to cast the actor in the movie and once again James Cameron had to fight for it. The director recently told Deadline that he “can’t imagine that film” without its two leading stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Also read: “Leo was the only one who nailed the audition”: ‘The Quick and the Dead’ Star Sharon Stone Wanted Leonardo DiCaprio So Bad She Paid Him Out of Her Own Salary

Titanic will hit the theatres again

Titanic
A still from Titanic (1997)

Titanic (1997) changed the trajectory of James Cameron and its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s life. For its 25th anniversary, the movie is all set to hit the theatres again. The movie was the first movie in the history of Hollywood to reach $1 billion at the box office and won a record 11 Academy Awards in 1998. It will be screened in 3D 4K HDR with a high frame rate. A special edition called PEOPLE Titanic: The Movie at 25 was also dropped recently which contained special behind-the-scenes footage.

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Source: People

Farhan Asif
Farhan Asif

Farhan Asif is a content writer at AnimatedTimes. Having published over 300 articles, Farhan is currently pursuing Computer Science. In the past, he has worked with FandomWire, writing nearly 100 articles for the network. He likes to go on donation drives for his local NGO on weekends. He also has a close understanding of motorcycles as he previously had his own customization auto shop. Apart from that, you will always find him playing video games during his free time.

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