Leonardo DiCaprio Had No Idea 'Titanic' Would Change His Life

When Titanic first hit theaters in 1997, it instantly became a gigantic box-office success. But the film's hunky star, Leonardo DiCaprio, admits he was totally shocked that it became such a record-breaking phenomenon.

"I would love to say I predicted it would be one of the biggest hits in film history. I didn't -- and wondered whether I should do it at all," he told the British newspaper the Sun. "I resisted it for a long time because I had been offered the film Boogie Nights."

But in the end, DiCaprio chose the part of Jack Dawson over Dirk Diggler (which eventually went to Mark Wahlberg), and what helped sealed the deal was his costar's decision to take the role of Rose.

"The fact that Kate Winslet said 'yes' was the final decider," DiCaprio, 37, said. "She was awesome. We were definitely shoulders for each other to lean on."

As the movie returns to screens on April 4 for a limited 3D run, DiCaprio looks back fondly at the film that shaped his career -- which has included Academy Award nominations and collaborating with Hollywood's finest filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, and Clint Eastwood.

"I am so glad to be a part of that movie. Years from now, people will still be watching that film," he said. "I am a part of something historical, in a lot of ways. It gave me opportunities, as an actor, to steer the course of my own destiny."

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