It is said that all things happen for a reason, and probably this interaction between these two actors happened because it was meant to be.
'Titanic' probably the most famous movie of all time followed Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet portraying Jack and Rose, two lovers who met while traveling on the ship and then, sadly, Jack dies when the Titanic sank.
While it could be said that Leonardo DiCaprio had his big chance when he landed the role in the movie directed by James Cameron, it has been revealed that there was someone who gave the actor a little push to accept the job.
During a special appearance on The Graham Norton Show, it was revealed that Paul Rudd encouraged Leonardo DiCaprio to do Titanic.
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Paul Rudd recalled that back in the day when he worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet, during the last day of filming he was with the other actor and unveiled to him that he was being offered a role in a big studio, but that he did not know if he would accept it or not.
“It was my last day of filming on Romeo + Juliet and we all went out to a bar afterward… a bunch of guys working on the movie,” Rudd said. “So we were in different cars and 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.’
Coincidences really exist because back in the day almost no one knew that Paul Rudd's father was a member of the Titanic Historical Society. In fact, according to CinemaBlend, Mr. Rudd traveled the world as a member of the society, often acting as a tour guide in iconic locations associated with the Titanic all around the globe.
“I said, ‘That’s incredible!’ And I knew a lot about Titanic because my dad just talked about it at the table,” Rudd explained, “And we had a conversation about it and Leo was saying, ‘Oh, like I don’t know what I’ll do.' I remember saying, ‘You should do it!’” he said.
Paul Rudd then added that he does not think that what he talked with Leonardo in that car somehow influenced his decision, but most of the fans think the opposite. “I don’t think I had any say but it is kind of interesting to think back on that,” Rudd added.
Back in 2020, Paul Rudd had another interview where it was rumored that he auditioned for the role of Jack but he admitted that it was not true and that he was interested just on a sentimental level. “That was how he made his living (his dad). Talking about the Titanic. So when they announced they were making this film I really wanted to get in on it for my dad. But no we were not in the running.”