Claire Danes has had a great career, especially in television, bookended by highly acclaimed roles in her first series, My So-Called Life, and her current show, Homeland. She’s also made several movies, though only one — Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines — could be considered a blockbuster. Things could have been a lot different, though, if she hadn’t turned down one part she was offered: the role of Rose in James Cameron’sTitanic. Knowing it was going to be a huge movie, why did Danes decide to pass on the film? (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes)
The seventh season of Homeland airs Sunday nights on Showtime.
Next month, Titanic will get a special one-week re-release to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Yes, believe it or not, it’s been two decades since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet boarded the ill-fated luxury liner. And the film is still the second-biggest grossing film in the world, behind only another James Cameron-directed film, Avatar Back then, DiCaprio had established himself as one of Hollywood’s brightest up-and-coming young actors, having earned an Oscar nomination for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. But he’d never starred in a big-budget movie before, and when Titanic came along, he actually had to think long and hard about whether he wanted to do it or not! (Click on the media bar below to hear Leonardo DiCaprio)
The 20th anniversary re-release of Titanic opens in theaters on December 1.
Almost every actor that has ever worked in film or television has turned down a role they have regretted. Some examples include John Travolta turning down Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks passing on Jerry Maguire, and Michelle Pfeiffer deciding not to face off with Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. It happens all the time! Well for Homeland star Emmy and Golden Globe winner Claire Danes, she turned the role the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic.
Danes previously starred with Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1996 film, Romeo + Juliet. After the success of that film, Danes was offered the chance to reteam with DiCaprio in what would be one of the biggest and most beloved movie of all times. Danes decided to turn down as the part she told us she didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a young actress working with DiCaprio. (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes)
Claire Danes stars in the hit Showtime drama Homeland which returns for it’s sixth season January 15, 2017,
Currently in theaters, TITANIC 3D brings new life to JAMES CAMERON’S 1997 epic disaster movie that put a romantic slant on what will always be considered the world’s greatest shipwreck. Known for being a pioneer in the field of technology, CAMERON spent an estimated $18 million (and a considerable amount of time) to convert TITANIC from a 2D epic to a 3D masterpiece. A labor of love and object of slavish attention to detail, the film features a cast that includes KATE WINSLET, LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, BILLY ZANE, FRANCIS FISHER, KATHY BATES and GLORIA STUART.
We recently caught up with KATE WINSLET, who is thrilled at the prospect of a whole new audience enjoying one of filmdom’s greatest romantic dramas. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Currently enjoying new popularity as a 3D conversion, JAMES CAMERON’S historical epic TITANIC is thrilling audiences 15 years after its original theatrical release. Directed with slavish attention to detail by CAMERON, the film shined a worldwide spotlight on stars LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and KATE WINSLET as doomed star-crossed lovers.
Already the recipient of his first Oscar nomination, DiCAPRIO had consciously eschewed epic blockbusters so it came as a surprise when he signed on to CAMERON’S massive retelling of the world’s most famous shipwreck.
We spoke with DiCAPRIO for the film’s original 1997 release and he talked about his decision to get on board. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)