Fifteen years after Titanic rode triumphantly through theaters, pulling record-shattering box office grosses and awe-striking acclaim—including 11 Oscar wins—in its wake, it's almost impossible to imagine anyone but Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio playing Rose and Jack, the star-crossed lovers at the epic romance's center. But before she promised to never to let go, Winslet jockeyed hard to win the role of Rose.
Following Titanic's 3D re-release, a flashy new Blu-ray stuffed with special features is being released, and among the behind-the-scenes vids is one where James Cameron reveals not only how Winslet fought for the part, but also her screen test. It's a curious sight: Winslet with blonde locks in a carefully assembled set and costume performing with another auditioning actor. DiCaprio was not yet in place for Jack, and so below—courtesy of Yahoo—you can see Winslet playing opposite Jeremy Sisto, who at the time was hot off Clueless.
While Sisto didn't get this part, he went on to win roles the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under and Law & Order, and he currently stars in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. Winslet will next be seen in Jason Reitman's Labor Day, which should hit in 2013.
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