James Cameron’s judgments are mostly bold and profound. For example, his choices to keep Titanic, Avatar, and Avatar: The Way of the WaterIncredibly long running times intact were very good moves. But there are other instances where you start to question the legendary director. For example, he strongly supported the last two terminator films and vouched for their impeccable quality. This caused people to question his judgment a lot. And another such example happened when JC originally wanted Gwyneth Paltrow to star in Titanic instead of Kate Winslet.
Gwyneth Paltrow instead of Kate Winslet?!
In an interview with GQ where James Cameron breaks down his most iconic films, he revealed something very interesting about the casting of Kate Winslet in Titanic. Here, watch the first minutes of the interview:
According to James Cameron, Kate Winslet had acted in a few historical dramas before Titanic, and she had almost acquired the reputation of “Corset Kate”. Thus, at the very beginning of the conceptualization Titanic, he didn’t want to make a lazy casting choice and bring her into some sort of similar role. Instead, he thought of Gwyneth Paltrow and a few other names. But when he met Winslet, she totally seduced him. And then his screen test with Leonardo DiCaprio went very well too. So, she landed the role from there. In fact, her past work with Cameron also led her to star in the Avatar continuations today.
Read also : ‘They never have to deal with real things’: James Cameron reveals Avatar 2 is criticism of superhero movies for lack of consequences, claims it’s like The Sopranos
But imagine if Gwyneth Paltrow had gotten the role instead of Winslet. Despite her acting talent, but Titanic could have been a total disaster. This film needed the brilliant performance of Kate Winslet as Rose. He needed his amazing chemistry with DiCaprio’s Jack. These two made this beautiful film the kind of success story that it was. And any change in their pair could have proved fatal.
Read also : ‘You should pay me a lot of money to work with Jim’: Kate Winslet reveals James Cameron almost broke her during ‘Titanic’, humiliated her as actress returns for Avatar 2
James Cameron’s Surprising Casting Choices
This isn’t the first time James Cameron has revealed something so surprising about his casting choices. Apparently he was also stuck in a dilemma while casting Jake Sully for Avatar. Besides Sam Worthington, Channing Tatum and Chris Evans were also in the running. Worthington had not previously proven to be a bankable success story Avatar. While most people in the world would have chosen Tatum or Evans over him, Cameron trusted his instincts and went with Sam Worthington instead. And the rest is history.
Read also : James Cameron defends Avatar 2’s obnoxiously long runtime: ‘Because there are more characters, more story to serve up’
As mentioned above, Cameron’s judgments turned out to be quite surprising and almost shocking. But more often than not, these crucial calls taken by him led to undeniable success. He really has the Midas touch!
Follow us for more entertainment coverage at Facebook, Twitter, instagramand Letter box.