11 Titanic backstage secrets – from Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s sex talk to spiking that left 50 in hospital

IT’S been 25 years (not quite 84 yet) since Titanic hit the big screen and became the first ever film to make over $1 billion at the box office.

As if you didn’t know, the James Cameron movie tells the story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic after it crashed into an iceberg in 1912 – killing over 1,500 passengers and crew.

The box office smash made Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet household names Credit: Alamy

The film was a huge hit and turned Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – who played lovers Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt-Bukater – into household names.

As Titanic celebrates its anniversary, we reveal some of the most surprising behind-the-scenes secrets from the film – including who nearly played Jack and Rose, and how Leo and Kate kept it sexy in between takes…

Different cast

Madonna was originally considered for the role of Rose, as well as Nicole KidmanJodie Foster, Cameron DiazSharon Stone and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Madonna almost got the role of Rose instead of Kate Winslet
Credit: Rex

But Kate bagged the role in the end thanks to a lot of persistence – and bribery.

“I closed the script, wept floods of tears and said, ‘Right, I’ve absolutely got to be a part of this. No two ways about it,’” she told Rolling Stone in 1998.

A few calls later, she was on the phone with Cameron, who was in his car.

“I think he pulled over and I said, ‘I just have to do this, and you are really mad if you don’t cast me’,” Kate recalled.

She also sent him a rose (for Rose) and “a note that basically said, ‘I’m ready’.”

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