James Cameron says Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘so negative’ on the set of Titanic

Leonardo DiCaprio’s behavior was almost before the tip of the iceberg Titanic director James Cameron.

During an interview with GKCameron revealed that DiCaprio almost didn’t get cast for his famous role as Jack in the classic romantic drama after he refused to read lines with Kate Winslet during the audition process.

“There was a meeting with Leo and then there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron explains.

“The meeting was funny because I’m sitting in my conference room waiting to meet an actor… I look around and all the women in the whole office are in the meeting… They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical.”

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The Titanic director recalled that the first meeting with DiCaprio went smoothly as he “charmed everyone”.

Since Cameron liked his acting, he asked DiCaprio to come back for a reading with Winslet, who was already locked in to play the part of Rose.

“He came back a few days later and I had the camera set up to record the video,” Cameron continued.

“He didn’t know he was going to test. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate. So I said, ‘Okay, we’ll just go to the next room, and we’ll go through some lines, and I’ll film it.’ And he said, “You mean I’m reading?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Oh, I don’t read.” I shook his hand and said, ‘Thanks for stopping by.’”

At the time, a confused DiCaprio responded with, “Wait, wait, wait. If I don’t read, I won’t get the part? Just like that?”

Cameron responded with, “Oh, yeah. Come on. This is a massive movie that’s going to take two years off my life, and you’re off with five other things while I do post-production… I’m not going to ruin it by making the wrong decision in casting, so you either read or you don’t get the part.”

He explained that further The Wolf of Wall Street star continued to moan and complain about reading the lines before proceeding with the audition.

“He comes in, and he’s like every ounce of his whole being is just so negative…until I said, ‘Action.’ Then he turned into Jack,” Cameron noted.

Kate just lit up and they played the scene. Dark clouds had broken open and a ray of sunshine came down and illuminated Jack. I’m like, ‘Okay. He’s the man.’”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker’s comments come on the heels of the film’s 25th anniversary next month.

Cameron’s epic love story grossed $600.78 million during its first run in the late ’90s.

After the success of TitanicCameron continued to work on several other iconic films, including avatar. His previous works include The terminator and Aliens.

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