During an interview with GQ, Avatar director James Cameron said that actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrayed Jack Dawson in the legendary disaster-romantic drama film Titanic, nearly didn’t win the job after first refusing to read the screenplay for the successful picture. Cameron claimed to have told DiCaprio:
“It’s like a big movie that will take two years of my life, and you’ll be doing five other things while I’m doing post-production.” So I’m not going to screw it up by casting the incorrect person. So you’ll have to read or you won’t get the part.”
He went on to explain how he came to pick on DiCaprio as the film’s starring actor. Cameron also discussed several of his previous projects, including The Terminator films, Avatar, and Aliens, throughout the conversation.
James Cameron discusses his decision to choose Leonardo DiCaprio for the starring role in Titanic.
In the interview, James Cameron said that when he first contacted DiCaprio for the main role, the actor refused to read his portion, prompting Cameron to say, “Well, thanks for coming by.” He said that he subsequently persuaded DiCaprio to study the screenplay in order to be cast in the picture. Cameron noted that once Leonardo DiCaprio consented to read it, the actor “transformed into Jack” the minute he called “action.”
The director stated:
“He acted out the scenario. Dark clouds had parted, and a shaft of sunlight shone down on Jack. I’m like, ‘OK, he’s the man!’
James Cameron went on to say that it’s “extremely difficult” to conceive Titanic without Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, complimenting their relationship and acting abilities. Titanic was released in 1997 to rave reviews from both audiences and reviewers, who commended the film’s emotional tone, magnificent cinematography, ambition, and cast performances. It was a huge financial success and is largely considered to be one of the best romantic pictures of all time.
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One of the year’s most anticipated films, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water, has already released two gripping trailers that provide a look at the film’s gorgeous environment, along with various intriguing characters. The film, a sequel to the renowned fantasy film Avatar, is set more than ten years after the events of the original 2009 film. According to Avatar’s YouTube page, below is the official summary of the film:
“Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their children) more than a decade after the events of the first film, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.”
Three further sequels to the film have already been planned for release in 2024, 2026, and 2028. Aside from the Avatar trilogy, James Cameron has directed a slew of classic pictures throughout the years, including The Terminator films, Titanic, Aliens, True Lies, and many more. Cameron’s films are known for their spectacular visual aesthetics and intricate plots. He is regarded as one of Hollywood’s most influential directors.