We tend to remain hooked to this remarkable movie since it’s inception for reasons more than just the massive direction of it. The fact being, every year a new behind the scenes chunks seems to come out which leads us never take our mind off it. From knowing that Matthew McConaughey was originally supposed to play Jack instead of Leonardo DiCaprio to the fact Celine Dion's iconic "My Heart Will Go On" almost never happened, it seems there's no end of fun facts and more are still waiting to be divulged. Now, we have another one to add to our list that apparently DiCaprio hated one of the film's most iconic lines.
While on a talk show with BBC's Movies That Made Me series, director James Cameron gets into the topic of Jack's famous scene at the bow of the ship with his friend Fabrizio (Danny Nucci), where he shouts, "I'm the king of the world!"
"It was made up on the spot. I was in a crane basket, and we were losing the light. I had tried this and we had tried that, tried this line and that line and it was just coming up snake eyes," Cameron explains. "And I said, 'Alright, I've got one for you. Just say, 'I'm the king of the world,' and just spread your arms out wide and just be in the moment and just love it and just celebrate it and love it.' And he goes, 'What?'
DiCaprio, obvious enough, wasn't exactly thrilled about the line. It's incredibly cheesy, but he wanted to take it out of DiCaprio's mouth. "I'm getting this over the walkie talkie. 'I'm the king of the world,' just say, 'I'm the king of the world,' but you've got to sell it!'" Cameron adds. "And he goes, 'What?!' I said, 'Just f**king sell it.'"
Cameron has had time to accept that maybe that line is only acceptable if DiCaprio is saying it. "The way he sells it, yes. Apparently, that's the difference between myself and Leonardo, he was able to sell the line," he jokes.
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