Johnny Depp Turned Down Titanic After He Realized The Script Was 180-Pages Long
Titanic (1997) tells the story of star crossed lovers Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) who are members of different social classes. They fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. The film also stars Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and the late Bill Paxton. Upon its release on December 19, 1997, Titanic achieved significant critical and commercial success.
The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, tying with Ben-Hur (1959) for the most Oscars won by a single film. Titanic became the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark, after the story of Jack and Rose captured hearts around the world.
In 2017, the film was re-released for its 20th anniversary and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” This year the film celebrated its 25th anniversary. The movie also catapulted its stars, Winselt and DiCaprio, into mega stardom.
The on-screen lovers reportedly committed to the film even before the script was written, on the basis of an outline James Cameron had written. DiCaprio instantly became a teenage pin-up. But the studios wanted Matthew McConaughey to play Jack Dawson. But director James Cameron insisted on DiCaprio. Cameron’s actual first choice to play the role was actually River Phoenix. But he sadly passed away in 1993.
Johnny Depp was offered the role of Jack, but he turned it down – something he now calls his “biggest regret.”
Leonardo DiCaprio Turned Down The Lead Role In ‘Boogie Nights’ For ‘Titanic’
In 1997, DiCaprio was met with a tough decision when he was approached by director Paul Thomas Anderson. He was looking for a leading man for his film, Boogie Nights. But James Cameron was in the beginning stages of the Titanic project. In an interview with the Smartless podcast, Anderson confirmed that DiCaprio struggled to choose between Boogie Nights and Titanic.
“That is very true that I asked Leo to be in Boogie Nights, and he spent many, many months agonizing and debating about it,” Anderson said. “Ultimately, what I came to realize, about halfway into that long decision-making process, is that he had a choice to make—either to do Titanic or to do Boogie Nights, and he chose to do Titanic. Which, in the long run, catapulted him into this massive worldwide fame, but on the other hand, I think possibly—we laugh about it now—but he regrets missing the experience and doing it.”
DiCaprio then allegedly suggested Mark Wahlberg for the lead role in Boogie Nights. The two had become close after working together on the 1995 film The Basketball Diaries. At the time, Wahlberg was more well known for his music career – performing in the hip hop group – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Wahlberg’s performance was met with critical acclaim and solidified his movie career.
Johnny Depp Turned Down The Role Of Jack Dawson In ‘Titanic’
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Johnny Depp was one of several actors that were considered for the role of Jack Dawson. However, Depp insisted that the 180-page script for the movie was entirely too long for him to get through. He ended up turning down the role, whish he later regretted. So much so, the 59-year-old actor told Rolling Stone he wanted to remake the movie in his bathtub!
According to PopTimesUK, ex-fiances, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were both considered for the leading roles in Titanic. Depp and Ryder were in a very intense relationship from 1989 to 1993, and people loved their chemistry. Cameron obviously felt their love could easily transfer on screen. Depp and Ryder split a few years before Titanic began production. This made it pretty unlikely that they would agree to do a film together and all the press that came with it.
Tom Cruise, Macaulay Culkin, Ethan Hawke and Brad Pitt were considered for the role of Jack Dawson. Jennifer Aniston was also considered for the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater.
Paul Rudd Convinced Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Jack Dawson In ‘Titanic’
Paul Rudd and Leonardo DiCaprio starred together in Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet, which came out the year before Titanic. Rudd, who played Paris in the Shakespearean adaptation, went out for celebratory drinks with DiCaprio after filming wrapped. On n the way there he had a career-changing conversation with DiCaprio.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Rudd said, “I don’t think I had an influence [on whether DiCaprio took the role], but sometimes, looking back, you find yourself in some interesting conversations and moments in time.”
The Friends star continued: “I was riding to the place with Leo and he said, ‘I just got offered this movie, and it’s a big movie.’ And he had done indie films up to that point. He said, ‘It’s a studio movie, it’s Titanic.’”
“I said, ‘That’s incredible!’ And I knew a lot about Titanic because my dad just talked about it at the table,” Rudd continued, “And we had a conversation about it and [DiCaprio] was saying, ‘Oh, like I don’t know what I’ll do. I remember saying, ‘You should do it!’” he said.
Although Rudd did downplay his involvement in DiCaprio’s choice to take on the role, he said, “I don’t think I had any say, but it is kind of interesting to think back on that. Cause he did it. He did the movie.”
Tina Turner’s Cause of Death Revealed
More details on Tina Turner’s passing have come to light.
One day after the legendary performer died at the age of 83, her cause of death has been attributed to natural causes, her representatives confirmed to DailyMail.com. Her publicist also told NBC News her death came after a long illness.
E! News has reached out to her manager for comment but hasn’t heard back.
On May 24, her team shared that she passed away at her home in Switzerland.
“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” a statement posted to her social media pages read. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
During the latter years of her life, the “Proud Mary” artist opened up about battling several health issues, including high blood pressure, vertigo, a stroke, intestinal cancer and kidney failure.
In her 2021 documentary, Tina, the singer also shared she experienced post-traumatic stress disorder as a result from her tumultuous marriage to her ex Ike Turner.
“I’ve been on such a wild roller-coaster in the four years since my wedding,” Turner—who wed music executive Erwin Bach in 2013—wrote in her memoir, My Love Story, per Today, “that even I have difficulty keeping my medical catastrophes straight.”
Turner’s passing came just five months after the death of her and Ike’s son Ronnie and nearly five years after her son Craig passed away.
Her death sent shockwaves through Hollywood, with many celebrities speak out about the influence her achievements had on the industry.
“Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her,” Angela Bassett, who played the legend in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It, said in a statement. “Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.”
As the actress—who won a Golden Globe for her role—noted, it was an honor knowing the icon on a personal level.
“Her final words to me, for me, were ‘You never mimicked me. Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed her to the world,’” she added. “I shall hold these words close to my heart for the rest of my days.”
Tina Turner survived an abusive relationship with Ike and death of two sons
Tina Turner escaped an abusive relationship to find true love with her second husband, Erwin Bach.
The singer, who passed away aged 83 on Wednesday following an unspecified illness, was in a relationship with the record executive for 38 years. The pair married in 2013.
Tina had publicly praised Erwin for helping her find happiness after fleeing from her first marriage to husband, Ike Turner, which was plagued with physical and emotional abuse.
Ike first met Tina when she was a vulnerable teenager named Annie Mae Bullock. He renamed her Tina, and went on to form the musical duo, Ike & Tina Turner. According to Tina, he micromanaged her career, withheld her finances and beat her while she was pregnant.
After filing for divorce in 1978, Tina was left in debt and had her children to support. She went on to establish a successful solo career.
The songstress met Erwin in 1985 when he was working as an executive with EMI. The pair had an instant connection the moment they met, when he arrived to collect her from Düsseldorf airport.
She said Erwin had taught her how “to love without giving up who I am”, and that he had never been intimidated by her fame or success. He even donated a kidney to her in April 2017, which saved her life.
Writing in her book, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, Tina said: “Falling in love with my husband, Erwin, was another exercise in leaving my comfort zone, of being open to the unexpected gifts that life has to offer.
“The day I first met Erwin, at an airport in Germany, I should have been too tired from my flight, too preoccupied with thoughts of my concert tour. But I did notice him, and I instantly felt an emotional connection.
“Even then, I could have ignored what I felt — I could have listened to the ghost voices in my head telling me that I didn’t look good that day, or that I shouldn’t be thinking about romance because it never ends well. Instead, I listened to my heart.”
Tina’s spokesman confirmed she died “peacefully” at home and added: “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model. With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations.”
Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83
Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has told the PA news agency.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.
“Turner’s musical character has always been a charged combination of mystery as well as light, melancholy mixed with a ferocious vitality that often flirted with danger,” scholar Daphne A Brooks wrote for the Guardian in 2018.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir, and as a teenager talked – or rather, sang – her way into Ike’s band in St Louis: he had declined her request to join until he heard her seize the microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance for a rendition of BB King’s You Know I Love You.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.
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