James Cameron shares some embarrassing Leonardo DiCaprio stories

Kate Winslet, James Cameron, and Leonardo DiCaprio

Kate Winslet, James Cameron, and Leonardo DiCaprio
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James Cameron is an old Hollywood journalism course. knows that if You want your movie to break even by being one of the highest-grossing movies of all timeYou have to tell some funny and slightly humiliating stories about your former co-workers. And while someone somewhere might be interested in what it was like to work with Sam Worthington, it’s nothing compared to what it was like to be Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996. Heck, this guy used to run with a band called “The Pussy Posse.”

However, Leonardo DiCaprio was very popular at the time Titanic came, after receiving his first Academy Award nomination for 1994 What to eat gilbert grapes In a performance he would never try to emulate for his own sake. Of course, being a 20-year-old Oscar nominee has its perks, as does being in Pussy Posse, but one isn’t challenging James Cameron.

In a retrospective job interview with GQ [via Variety]The water method The director shared his first meetings with Leo. There was a meeting with Leo, “Then there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron said. “The meeting was funny because I’m sitting in my conference room, waiting to meet a representative. And I looked around, and all the women in the entire office were in the meeting. They all wanted to meet Leo. It was hysterical.”

Cameron set up a screen test because they had just secured Kate Winslet for the part of Rose, and that was an expensive movie, so it might help to see how they work together. “He came back two days later, and I had the camera set up to record the video,” Cameron said. He didn’t know he was going to audition. He thought it was another meeting to meet Kate. So I said, ‘Well, we’ll just go into the next room, and we’ll run some lines,’ And I will photograph 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, “Thank you for coming by.”

“Wait, wait, wait. If I don’t read, I won’t get the part? Just like that?” Cameron remembers saying DiCaprio.

Cameron replied:

Oh yes. Come on. This is a giant movie that’s going to take two years of my life, and you’re going to do five more while I’m doing post-production. Therefore, I will not spoil it by making the wrong choice in choosing. So, you’ll read on, or you won’t get the part.

So he comes on, and he’s like every ounce of his whole being is so negative — I even said, “work.” Then he turned to Jack. Kate just lit up, and they played the scene. The dark clouds parted, and a ray of sunshine came down and lit up Jack. I’m like, ‘Okay. It’s the man.

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This wasn’t Cameron’s only discussion about it Titanic stars with GQ. Yesterday’s profile with the director explained how he managed to win Kate Winslet back after the shooting “ordeal”. Titanic. “I think she has something to prove for herself,” said Cameron. “And so, I mean, there’s no extra charge for the treatment, in the moment of recovery where she has to hold her breath underwater for seven and a half minutes and become an underwater queen.”

It’s Winslet’s time Titanic It wasn’t for the faint of heart. “I broke a little bone in my elbow,” said Winslet. Los Angeles Times in 1997“And at one point I had deep bruises all over my arms.”

“[James Cameron is] Nice guy, but the problem is, his vision of the movie is as clear as it gets,” she says. I think Jim knew he couldn’t yell at us the way he did with his crew because we weren’t going to do well […] There were times when I was really afraid of him.”

But all is well that ends well. Winslet learned to hold her breath for almost 10 minutes and became the “Queen of the Underwater”. She has long been a king.

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