"He's probably the world's most beautiful looking man, yet he doesn't think he's that gorgeous. And to me, he's just smelly, farty Leo."
" Sometimes Kate was in tears, other times I was, and occasionally we both were. It was that kind of job. But Kate is awesome. She is beautiful, tremendously talented and is really down to earth. I don't think England realizes what a treasure she is."
“We have a sort of language of our own, like a private secret language or something, and I was surprised at how present that was within our relationship, and it was just great to have the history that we have and the chemistry that we have, and being able to play these two characters, because there were no boundaries at all. We could do anything, try anything — never felt stupid. We feel so comfortable with each other and I know that…I would let Leo physically harm me if it meant that he had to do something for a scene, and I know that he would feel the same way. It is a very rare friendship that we have”-Kate
Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet at the Golden Globes on January 18, 1998
When you develop sort of a friendship with somebody over the years, there’s just a trust factor there. We both know that we have the best intentions for each other, but we also know that we can sorta push each other’s limits.
Well, the references in the movie are great. I wasn’t expecting to see a “Titanic” poster in Scarlett Johansson’s character’s bedroom either.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: But I was like, “They’ll never let us use it.” But it turned out, really, the main permission we had to get was from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Oh, really? I just assumed it would be the studio, and not them.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Yeah. Well, the studio just has a fee you have to pay. But, permission-wise, it’s the faces that are in the film. And so, Leo’s a friend, and he was really generous to do it. And Kate was, too. You know, and their names are both in the special thank yous [during the end credits].
DiCaprio revealed just how close he and Winslet have become since they formed what he describes as an “unbreakable bond” during the making of the hit film Titanic in 1997.
It has been, he told me in our previous meetings before the wedding, a relationship of laughter and tears all the way.“She’s one of my closest friends and feels we can say anything to each other,” he says.
“We were both just kids of 21 when we made Titanic all those years ago. But, even then, Kate seemed more mature and worldly than I was.
“I cried on her shoulder many times as we found the demands of filming under the director James Cameron so tough. We have never not been friends since that time. I speak to her all the time. But friends – not lovers.”
So what is it that keeps them together, nearly 16 years after the film’s release to become a box office success and, for Winslet, the first of six Oscar nominations?“A sense of humour,” he says. “We laugh at the same things. She never lets me take myself seriously, even if I wanted to. We have a special magic.”
“Our own relationship? I would describe it as goofy. We are a little bit older, a little bit wiser but ultimately the same people as we were when we were 21.”
Ironically DiCaprio was set to accept the role of porn star Dirk Diggler (which went to Mark Wahlberg) in the award- winning film Boogie Nights before Titanic.
“It appealed to me more,” he says. “I like edgy, independent stuff. I had never met Kate but she phoned and said: ‘I am going to say yes to this. Will you do so, too? ’ So I committed to Titanic instead. Regrets? None.”
Will it give him another chance of an elusive Oscar? No. But he’s soon to be seen in The Great Gatsby, which could be his breakthrough for Hollywood’s biggest award.
“I have a long way to go before I catch up with Kate,” he says. X
“I would love to work with Kate anytime. We really took advantage of the fact that we have such a great friendship and comfort level with each other.”-Leo