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Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd reveals he encouraged Leonardo DiCaprio to do Titanic

Paul Rudd, who worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, opened up on how he encouraged him to take up Titanic.

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James Cameron’s 1997 romance drama Titanic remains the crowning jewel in Leonardo DiCaprio’s filmography and he should be, in a way, thankful to actor Paul Rudd. The Ant-Man star revealed that he had encouraged DiCaprio to take up the project.

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Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Rudd shared an anecdote from the days when he was starring with DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 tragedy Romeo + Juliet.

“It was my last day of filming on Romeo + Juliet and we all went out to bar afterward. 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’,” Rudd, who essayed the role of Dave Paris in Romeo + Juliet, said.

“He said, ‘It’s a studio movie. It’s Titanic.’ And I said, ‘That’s incredible!’ and I knew a lot about Titanic since my dad just talks about Titanic all the time,” he added.

The 50-year-old actor said DiCaprio was uncertain about the film, which later went on to become the highest grossing feature in history at the time.

“He was saying, ‘Well, I don’t know what I’ll do,’ and I remember saying, ‘You should do it,'” Rudd recalled.

The actor then joked, “I don’t think I had any say, but it is kind of interesting to think back on that.”

Titanic, which also featured Kate Winslet as the female lead, was a blockbuster upon its release. The film won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Film, at the 1998 sOscars.

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