When it comes to movies, some roles stand the test of time and become easily linked to their acting counterparts. Whether it's The Terminator for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vito Corleone for Marlon Brando, or even Sean Connery as the original James Bond, the character is sometimes instantly iconic because of the actor playing the role. Sometimes a character can truly make or break an actor; it's been a staple of Hollywood culture for decades.
One modern example would be Jack Dawson, the male lead from James Cameron's Titanic, which was released in 1997 and became the highest-grossing movie of all time. When you think of the Oscar-winning actor, it's probably the first character on his long CV that comes to mind. The role launched Leonardo DiCaprio to super stardom overnight, making him an instant A-list star and, as twenty years surpassed now confirms, one of this generation's greatest actors. The role is instantly iconic, for the modern generation anyway.
But it could have been so different.
As fate would have it, DiCaprio got the role, but Hollywood funny man Paul Rudd recently confirmed that he also auditioned for the role of Jack, and although he was unsuccessful, he really wanted the part because of a deeply personal connection to his father.
Rudd also confessed that he tried to use his knowledge of the ship to his advantage during the audition, explaining some of the details of the ship's structure, and information on the people who built it, but it wasn't to be. The role eventually went to Leonardo DiCaprio, who would build a stellar, Oscar-winning career on that very foundation. Rudd would muse with fellow guest Diane Lane about the incident, and Lane admitted she couldn't imagine seeing anyone else but DiCaprio in the role of Jack, a remark agreed upon by the film's casting director, according to Rudd. He didn't get the part, but he still managed to act out the film's most iconic scene with Diane Lane. The clip can be seen below.
Whether Paul Rudd regrets missing out on the role can be left to guesswork, but his trajectory has sparkled since, and as well as a solid comedy career, he is also another A-list actor to now be involved in the world of superheroes. He will reprise his role of Scott Lang aka Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War when the film hits theaters on May 6.
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