Kate Winslet: James Cameron is the most capable human I've ever known
Kate Winslet praised "Titanic" director James Cameron and said she wasn't surprised by the decision to add a dimension to the blockbuster film.
"My first reaction when Jim called me and told me 'We're going to bring it out in 3D' was 'How wonderful' because a whole 'nother generation who perhaps haven't seen it and certainly haven't seen it on the big screen will have the opportunity and that's great. It's a wonderful film," Winslet said in an interview provided by the studio. "Am I surprised it's coming out in 3D? No, I'm not actually because Jim Cameron - there's no one like him - he's the most capable human being actually that I've ever known and when he puts his mind to something, he does it."
James Cameron, who most recently directed "Avatar" and traveled to the Earth's deepest point last month, brought new technology to the film industry with "Titanic."
"The effects alone were just staggering and for the time, you know, 15, 16 years ago, they were extremely cutting-edge and even now, there's something that looks very, very new about the technology that Jim Cameron uses," Winslet said of finally seeing "Titanic" in completion. "I was totally, totally blown away, we didn't know what all that green screen was ultimately going to look like and what it was even for sometimes. As actors, you don't even know how to begin to understand how all those components come together, so it was totally overwhelming. It was like, 'Oh my God, it's me and Leo and the ships moving! It actually moves!' 'Cause of course, our boat never moved - it was totally stationary and we only had one side of it, we didn't have both sides. So yeah, it was incredible to see it all put together."
"Titanic" won the Best Picture Oscar in 1998 and also earned Academy Awards for Effects, Sound, Film Editing, Directing, Music and Costume Design. Winslet acknowledged that the "magic" that happened on-set helped her become her character, Rose DeWitt Bukater.
"There is a magic that happens, there really is. You can rehearse, you can prepare, you can live it, you can breathe it, you can be as ready as you think you need to be, but until you put your costume on and until that first day when someone says, 'And action,' something happens," Winslet said. "It's just the most extraordinary thing. And still now I feel that. It's very, very important to me. It isn't until the hair and makeup is done and the costume's on that you can really become that person. Just something happens - it helps you to disappear that little bit more into the character, I think."
Both Winslet and DiCaprio have said they were embarrassed to watch themselves in "Titanic in 3-D." DiCaprio didn't attend the worldwide premiere of "Titanic 3D" in London on Tuesday, March 27, as he was in Louisiana shooting Quentin Tarantino's film "Django Unchained," but Winslet and Cameron held down the red carpet.
"Titanic 3D" hits theaters on April 4, watch a trailer below.