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Sunday 31 August 2014

Titanic: Why Leonardo DiCaprio got ticket on to Titanic

Third-class tea cup china used by passengers and the crew, is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, Friday, Aug 15, 2008. The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.
Currency, part of the artifacts collection of the Titanic, is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, Friday, Aug 15, 2008. The 5,500-piece collection contains almost everything recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which has sat 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic ocean since the boat sank on April 15, 1912.
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The Studios wanted Matthew McConaughey for the role of Jack Dawson, the attractive everyman in Titanic, but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio as his leading man, saying he soon realised the actor had something special.

“Leonardo was on a list of names. I didn't know him and I’d only seen him in Gilbert Grape so I didn't really know what to expect,” said Cameron.

But I noticed that when he came in for the first meeting... all the women in the building were in the room. (I thought) This is a little odd, you know.”

The director’s instincts were probably sound as the movie, the biggest grossing film of all time, netted 11 Oscars, including Best Director, although it didn’t gain any acting awards.

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