In 1997, a movie burst onto movie theaters that would reign as the highest-grossing movie of all time for a solid twelve years. It starred a young cast, opulent period costumes, and special effects that tallied into the millions of dollars. Its name was Titanic, and it was director James Cameron's magnum opus.
It was also the film that would launch two very hot, very young things to superstardom – Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Both actors had varying levels of success before starring in the romantic disaster movie. In fact, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood born and bred, had been acting since childhood.
Kate Winslet had also had a substantial acting career beforehand, though hers wasn't as robust as DiCaprio's.
After both acted in Titanic, however, their careers were secured.modelizer.
Winslet, on the other hand, did not do big films in the years immediately following Titanic.The Guardian. "I had to. If I hadn't, I would have burned out by the age of 25. So I ran a mile - back to where I felt safe again." This didn't mean Winslet remained in small roles forever. She came back in a big way, starring in such heavy-hitters as All the King's Men, The Holiday, Revolutionary Road, and The Reader – the film for which she won an Oscar.
Despite DiCaprio and Winslet's visible chemistry, and the accolades that flooded the pair in the wake of Titanic's release, Winslet wasn't Cameron's first choice for Rose, however.said to him. "I don't know why you're even seeing anyone else!" Impressed by her persistence, he cast her. His choice for the character of Jack, however, was not so easy.
Cameron had originally envisioned Jack as a young Jimmy Stewart, which meant Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't even on his radar.
Cameron had to convince him to even read the part.
Cameron had his heart set on DiCaprio, but the actor was still unconvinced. That was when Winslet stepped in.tracked him down during the Cannes Film Festival.
“I was thinking, ‘I’m going to persuade him to do this because I’m not doing it without him, and that’s all there is to it,’ " Winslet said. “‘I will have him.’ Because he is fucking brilliant. He’s a fucking genius, and that was absolutely why."