It’s a line from the Titanic we all know, one that makes us equal parts cringe and cheer, but it very nearly didn’t get uttered.
If it was down to Leonardo DiCaprio the line would never have happened, and we’re not ok with that.
So sorry Leo, but we’re glad director James Cameron insisted you “f**king sell it”.
What line are we talking about?
According to the Oscar winning director, DiCaprio wasn’t keen on saying: “I’m the king of the world.”
Cameron was however, and that was that.
The line was uttered on the deck of the ship when Jack is running about with his mate Fabrizio.
We imagine Kate Winslet had a few lines she wasn’t too fond of, “I want you to draw me like one of your French girls,” being one of them, but Titanic wouldn’t be the same without it.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb, Cameron said: “The point is, it [the line] was made up on the spot. Made up on the spot and I was in a crane basket.
“And we were losing the light, and we had tried this and tried that, and we’d tried this line and that line, and nothing was really working.
“And I was literally coming up snake eyes, and I was like, ‘I’ve got one for you, just say, ‘I’m the king of the world.’ And just spread your arms out wide and just be in the moment, and just love it and celebrate the moment.
“And he [Leo] goes, ‘What?!’ I’m getting this over the walkie talkie. Just say, ‘I’m the king of the world, and you have to sell it.'”
When DiCaprio asked whether he had to do the line again, Cameron said he told him to “just f**king sell it!” and he did.
Titanic could have been so different. It wasn’t just the lines that nearly didn’t happen, DiCaprio had competition too for the role of Jack. Matthew McConaughey revealed he also went for the role and thought he’d bagged it.
“I went and auditioned for that. I wanted that,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I auditioned with Kate Winslet. Had a good audition. Walked away from there pretty confident that I had it. I didn’t get it. I never got offered that.”
We bet DiCaprio is happy about that, suddenly that line doesn’t seem so bad huh?