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James Cameron first thought about casting Gwyneth Paltrow in Titanic

James Cameron is sharing some curious details from the making of his hit “Titanic,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary next month, CNN reported.

In a video interview with “GQ,” the iconic director revealed that he nearly cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the lead roles. As is known, their careers were cemented by their performance in the brilliant film, which won 11 Oscars in 1997.

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While considering which actors would best fit his idea and best play lovers Rose and Jack on the doomed ocean liner, Cameron admitted that he originally thought of Gwyneth Paltrow for the role of Rose. Although Winslet was offered as an option, he feared she was too “typed”.

“Kate Winslet had also appeared in several other historical dramas and earned a reputation as Kate Corsetta by appearing in mostly such filmshe says.

True, before “Titanic” she starred in period movie productions – “Sense and Feeling” in 1995, followed by “Jude” and “Hamlet” a year later.

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Cameron also said that he was afraid that casting Winslet for the role would look like “the laziest casting in the world”, but he agreed to meet her in the end. Of course, he realized she was “fantastic” and the rest is history.

Meanwhile, with Leo DiCaprio, there have been some minor hiccups.

The first meeting with the actor-heartthrob was somewhat hysterical and all the women from the production office somehow managed to end up in the conference room with Cameron and admire the young star.

Leo was invited to an audition to find out how they would stand in front of the camera with Winslet, who had already been chosen at that time.

But when the Romeo and Juliet star arrived, he was surprised to learn he would have to read lines and be filmed with Winslet to gauge their on-screen chemistry.

“He came in, he thought the casting was done and he was coming to see Kate,” Cameron described.

The director recalled telling the two: “I’m just going to film you reading some scenes from the script.”

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But then DiCaprio, who has starred in several films and whose career is on the rise, told Cameron: “You mean read? I’m not reading!”, indicating that he had no intention of complying and that he was no longer appearing at castings, but he gets the roles straight away.

Cameron reached out to the star and said, “Well, thanks for coming.”

The director then explained to DiCaprio the enormity of the project before them, how the film would take two years of his life, and how he “wasn’t going to screw it up by making the wrong casting decision.”

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“So you read or you don’t get the part,” Cameron snapped at the young actor.

DiCaprio reluctantly agreed, which later worked for him and his career.

Cameron recalls how the actor “lighted up” and “became Jack,” creating an electric chemistry with Winslet that was later evident in the film itself.

Titanic opened in theaters on December 19, 1997 and ended up winning 11 Academy Awards, including Best Director for Cameron.

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