Kate Winslet's 'Titanic' screen test revealed

Sep 13, 2012, 07:42 IST | ANI

Kate Winslet was just 19 when she landed Rose DeWitt's role in James Cameron's 'Titanic,' showing her vast array of talents during her eight minute screen test for the movie.

The then relatively unknown actress fought with heavyweight names like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow for the lead female role in the epic tale of the doomed liner.

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet. Pic/Santa Banta

The now 36-year-old actress fought hard for the part however, sending the 58-year-old director a rose with a note that read, “I’m ready.” The video footage shows her, dressed in period clothes and standing in a set of her cabin room, and reading out a lengthy scene which includes lines that were included in the movie, the Daily Mail reported.

It was the first real scene between her and Jack Dawson, for which ‘Clueless’ actor Jeremy Sisto was auditioning. In the video, she is seen verbally sparring with Sisto in one part, while another sees her crying during a tender moment with her potential leading man.

Earlier this year, while recounting her time on the movie, she told USA Today, “I’m sure I wasn’t really a very good actress.” However, Cameron clearly thought otherwise and promptly signed her up.

Cameron later said about her casting, “A 19-year-old girl who was going to carry a film of that scale on her shoulders, it’s a huge responsibility.” “You’re standing on set surrounded by 2,000 extras and all the lights and cameras are pointed at you. If you don’t pull it off, it doesn’t work.

“A lot of people would have imploded at that, but she didn’t,” he added. The blockbuster grossed over 2 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, and is the second most successful film of all time, behind Cameron’s 2009 ‘Avatar.’ 

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