In some ways, the 1997 function Titanic was the final old-school Hollywood blockbuster, counting on star energy and a dramatic story to win over audiences as an alternative of CGI or model recognition. The rumors surrounding the making of the movie have taken on epic proportions since. One long-standing legend was that Matthew McConaughey was set to play the lead position of Jack Dawson till Leonardo DiCaprio got here into the image. In an interview with Rob Lowe, McConaughey admitted his audition went so effectively that he was assured he had nailed the half.
“So I went and learn with Kate Winslet and it was not one of many auditions – they filmed it so it was like into display check time. After we left, you understand, it was a type of ones the place they, like, adopted me and once we received outdoors they had been like, ‘That went nice.’ I imply, form of like hugs. I actually thought it was going to occur. It didn’t.”
On the time that Titanic was getting made, director James Cameron was on the lookout for a charismatic result in tackle the position of Jack. Matthew McConaughey was already a longtime film star at that time. However Cameron in the end determined the position of Jack wanted somebody younger. That was when a younger actor named Leonardo DiCaprio was delivered to his consideration.
Sadly, DiCaprio was not enthusiastic about making a big-budget romance. Regardless of beginning out in sitcoms, the younger actor had already made a reputation for himself on the indie circuit with critically acclaimed performances in Basketball Diaries and What’s Consuming Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio had little need to be part of blockbuster Hollywood, however his audition scene received Cameron over, regardless of the actor himself taking little effort over it.
“[DiCaprio] learn it as soon as, then began goofing round, and I may by no means get him to deal with it once more. However for one cut up second, a shaft of sunshine got here down from the heavens and lit up the forest.”
It’s unusual to think about that McConaughey went all in on his audition, was already a longtime big-movie star, and actually wished to play Jack, however Cameron select to go together with DiCaprio as an alternative, who had little expertise making big-budget motion pictures, and even lesser curiosity in changing into a star.
Nonetheless, Cameron’s intuition can’t be faulted, because the film went on to develop into one of many greatest successes of all time. DiCaprio’s efficiency proved so overwhelming that “Leomania” turned a professional popular culture phenomenon, and his position as Jack Dawson went down as the preferred character of DiCaprio’s profession.
So far as McConaughey was involved, he was capable of get better from his failed Titanic audition and go on to make a string of critically and commercially profitable motion pictures. McConaughey and DiCaprio would later meet on display for a short scene in The Wolf of Wall Avenue, the place McConaughey’s character acted as a mentor for DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort. Maybe to make up for the time DiCaprio schooled McConaughey on touchdown a Titanic audition.