‘Titanic’ Director Says ‘Diva-Like Attitude’ Almost Cost Leonardo DiCaprio His Iconic Role

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  • “There was a meeting with Leo and there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron reflected, adding, “So the meeting was funny, because I’m in my conference room waiting to meet an actor, right? And I look around, and all the women in the entire office are in the meeting for some reason. Like, there’s a female executive producer, okay, fine. But our accountant? You know, why was she in the meeting?”
  • Cameron laughed again, saying that he realized as he looked around the room that they had all just wanted to meet DiCaprio.
  • “So Leo came in — of course, charmed everybody, myself included,” Cameron continued, noting that actress Kate Winslet had already been chosen to play the part of Rose. “And I said, ‘Alright, let’s see what your chemistry’s like with Kate.’”

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