Paul Rudd reveals he told Leonardo DiCaprio to do Titanic while filming Romeo + Juliet together – Evening Standard

Rudd also has a surprising familial connection to the ill-fated cruise ship
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It’s hard to imagine that Leonardo DiCaprio might not have captured our hearts playing Jack in the 1997 movie Titanic, but the star reportedly had doubts about taking on the role.
Luckily he was set to rights by an unexpected person: his one time co-star Paul Rudd, who also has a connection to the world’s most famous shipwreck.
Rudd and DiCaprio starred together in Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet, which came out the year before Titanic (the third highest grossing film of all time) was released.
Rudd, who played Paris in the Shakespearean adaptation, wrapped filming on set and the cast celebrated with drinks; though on the way there he had a career-changing conversation with DiCaprio.
Speaking on Graham Norton, 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.”
Rudd revealed that he had shared a car with DiCaprio on the way to the bar, during which they talked about what was up next for the then-rising star. DiCaprio confided to Rudd that he had been offered a role in Titanic. It was a project which would have had particular resonance to the Anchorman star, whose father was a leading expert on Titanic and who toured the world giving university lectures on the subject.
“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.’” Rudd said.
“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.”
Prior to Titanic, DiCaprio had minor television roles and starred in indie films including What’s Eating Gilbert Grape alongside Johnny Depp. The latter earned him a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination at the age of 19. Following Titanic, DiCaprio went on to become a teen heartthrob but has since established himself as a critically acclaimed actor with a number of Hollywood blockbusters under his belt. After years of being nominated, he also eventually won an Oscar for his role in The Revenant.
Although Titanic was a pivotal moment in DiCaprio’s career, there’s one interview question he’s clearly sick of being asked about the film – whether Jack could have fit on the makeshift raft with Rose and lived.
During an interview with MTV News, his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie needled him for an answer.
In response, DiCaprio stated repeatedly, “No comment.”
The 1,500,000 luxury White Star liner ‘Titanic’, which sank on its maiden voyage to America in 1912
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Bow of the RMS Titanic, photographed in 2004
A bronze steering telemotor from the wheelhouse of the ill-fated Titanic. It is illuminated on the ocean floor
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A view of the bow of the Titanic from a camera mounted on the outside of the Mir I submersible
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A view of the bathtub in Capt. Smiths bathroom. Rusticles are observed growing over most of the pipes and fixtures in the room
A cast-iron deck bench illuminated on the ocean floor by a light from a three-man sub that filmed the wreck
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Rusticles on the HMS Titanic cover the hanging stern
Window frames belonging to the Titanic. Rusticles are growing on either side of the window frames
A photograph c1912 of the “unsinkable” four-funnelled ship the RMS Titanic. Part of the White Star Line, Titanic sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage to the USA after striking an iceberg (14-15/4/1912). 1513 people lost their lives
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The massive anchor of the White Star liner Titanic is transported to its destination in Belfast by horsedrawn cart
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Undated artist impression showing the 14 April 1912 shipwreck of the British luxury passenger liner Titanic off the Nova-Scotia coasts, during its maiden voyage
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Edward John Smith (1850 – 1912), captain of the White Star liner ‘Olympic’, 9th June 1911. He later became captain of the ill-fated ‘Titanic’
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4th April 1912: Latitude 41′ 46N and longitude 50′ 14W, the place where the ‘Titanic’ sank
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Lifeboats on board the SS Titanic. When the liner sank in the Atlantic after hitting an iceberg there were only enough lifeboats on board to hold a third of the passengers and crew
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The first of the Titanic ‘s survivors to return to England arrived at Plymouth
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167 surviving crew members of the Titanic landing at Plymouth after being taken ashore from the SS Lapland on board the paddle steamer Duchess of York, 29th April 1912. The men had previously been rescued by the Carpathia and taken to New York
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Survivors of the Titanic disaster are greeted by their relatives upon their safe return to Southampton
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Titanic First Officer William McMaster Murdoch, who is treated as a local hero in his native town of Dalbeattie. The executive vice-president of the 20th Century Fox studio, Scott Neeson, travelled to the Scottish town to apologise for their portrayal of the doomed liner’s First Officer as a cowardly murderer
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Library file: The ‘Carpathia’ lies at anchor after bringing in survivors from the Titanic disaster in April 1912: The wreck of the Carpathia, famed for rescuing hundreds of survivors from the Titanic
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Relatives wait on a railway platform as survivors of the Titanic arrive at Southampton, 29th April 1912
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Titanic survivor Eva Hart (centre) pictured before the voyage as seven-year-old child in 1912 alongside her father, Benjamin, who died in the tragedy, and her mother, Esther, who also survived the disaster
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