Undoubtedly, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, not because he starred in a few films that became cult, but also because his “young” appearance remained unchanged for most of his career.
Since his first film debut, the American actor spent the first 13 years of his acting career having the face of an “eternal teenager.” However, he began to “gain masculinity” around 2005, when the actor was 30 years old.
According to the actor, his “image of a teen” significantly contributed to his career. For example, in 2011, NBC News discussed that such a feature of his appearance allowed DiCaprio to bring such a level of humanity and attractiveness that many of his complex characters were more sensual.
His youthful appearance also made him popular among teenagers and was essential in turning the Titanic into a cult film.
His co-star, English actress Kate Winslet, is a year younger than Leo, although, in the role of Rose, she looked somewhat older than he was in the role of Jack Dawson.
“And Leo looks so young and so skinny!” Winslet said in 2012, after the release of Titanic 3D, for USA Today.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio undoubtedly became mature, but Jack and Rose’s love birds will forever remain as young and romantic for us as they were 25 years ago!
How old was Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic?
The prominent shootings for the Titanic began in September 1996. This means that Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, born on November 11, 1974, two months before his 22nd birthday, started the role of Jack.
When the film was released in December 1997, DiCaprio was already 23 years old.
How old was Kate Winslet during filming?
His co-star, Kate Winslet, was 20 years old when the filming began but had her 21st birthday during filming.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the young actors set the benchmark high to show a love story that will conquer the world and win a record number of Oscars.
The Academy Awards
The film Titanic whose distributor in North America was Paramount Pictures and received Oscar awards for:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Art Direction
- Visual Effects
- Sound Effects Editing
- Film Editing
- Original Dramatic Score
- Original Song
Losing out on Best Actress, Supporting Actress, and Makeup.
To make it into reality, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, together with other actors, had to become a team, and they did it great.
“But the second we met, we just completely clicked.” – Kate revealed and explained: “The Rose in me was loving the Jack in him. And even though I didn’t feel that way about Leo, it was quite nice to feel that way in the scene.”
When we were young
Since the film was updated in a 3D format in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragedy in 1912, the golden globe awards actress admitted that it was somewhat strange to meet face to face with her younger self.
“We do look very different, and we’re older. Leo’s 37, I’m 36, we were 21 and 22 when we made the film. You know, he’s fatter now – I’m thinner. It’s true, though!” Kate joked.
The premiere was also attended by James Cameron, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, and other participants in the Titanic movie.
Unfortunately, Leo could not take part in this solemn event.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor was busy on the set of Django Unchained. Filming takes place in Louisiana, so DiCaprio could not arrive in London to greet his fans.
Is it true Leonardo DiCaprio almost abandoned the role in the Titanic?
All actors know that the “wrong” role can prevent how the actor will be perceived in the industry and the audience in the future.
And at the age of 20, Leonardo DiCaprio knew this. Therefore, he almost refused the role!
Could you imagine? We may know another Jack Dawson!
DiCaprio even told Paul Radd, with whom he worked on Romeo + Juliet, that he was offered a role in the Titanic, and he did not know what to do.
According to Leonardo, Titanic was just another blockbuster with special effects.
But after DiCaprio read the script and met with the film producer and director James Cameron, he realized that Jack and Rose’s characters were the core of the film and that special effects had only to complement their story and not distract from them.
So he took the role …. and voila!
Who did director James Cameron look at for the role of Jack?
Director James Cameron considered the candidacy of Jack Dawson, Matthew McConaughey, Chris O’Donnell, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, and Tom Cruise. Still, they were all rejected because of their age since, according to the film’s plot, the 17-year-old Rose and Jack (perhaps 23- 25 years) should have a small age gap.
Kate Winslet played Tose Dewitt Bukater, but Gwyneth Paltrow also claimed this role.
Story of Jack Dawson
When James Cameron wrote a script for the motion picture drama, he believed that the main characters, Jack Dawson and Rose Dewitt Bukater, should be fictional.
And after the work on the script was completed, the director found out that there was a stoker on board the Titanic ship, 23-year-old Joseph Dawson, born in 1888 in Dublin. The body was found after the disaster and registered at number 227. It is buried in the Fairway cemetery in New Scotland with the rest of the dead. Since the film’s release, his grave with the inscription “J. Dawson “has become very popular.
Interesting facts about the movie Titanic
Interestingly, the film’s production budget was $200 million, a record in 1997. It turns out that one minute of the finished movie costs one million dollars.
It is noteworthy to say that, winning 14 awards for the Oscars, the film did not receive any of them among the nominations for the “Best actor,” or a “Best-supporting actress,” or the “Best-supporting actor.”
Cameron was categorically against the use of any songs in the film, even in the final credits. Composer James Horner, American songwriter Will Jennings, and singer Celine Dion recorded the song “My Heart Will Go On,” which was awarded an Oscar.