The 1997 blockbuster cemented DiCaprio's status as a '90s heartthrob and led to him becoming one of the most critically-acclaimed actors in modern film. But the notorious modelizer, now 37, is separating himself as much as possible from the upcoming re-release of Titanic in 3D.
The snub has come as a disappointment to the film's producer, 20th Century Fox, who had been hoping to get Leo on board -- No pun intended -- for the promo campaign.
"Leo is not one for looking back. He's proud of Titanic, but it was 15 years ago," a source close to the actor claims. "He doesn't relish having to go back and promote that movie all over again, especially as it probably won't need it."
Hmmm… we wonder if Leo's still holding a grudge over his infamous skunking at the 1998 Academy Awards.
Titanic was nominated for a record-breaking 14 Oscars and won 11. But Hollywood's collective jaw hit the pavement when DiCaprio failed to nab a nomination for Best Actor. Leo was allegedly so furious by the Academy's diss that he refused to attend the ceremony.
Titanic starred DiCaprio and award-winning actress Kate Winslet as an unlikely pair who fall in love aboard the famous ship only to be ripped apart by an iceberg. The James Cameron-directed epic was the world's highest-grossing motion picture before being ousted from that position by another Cameron original -- Avatar -- in 2010.
Titanic remains the second highest-grossing film of all time. The film boasts takings of $1.8 billion worldwide, just shy of the $2.8 billion earned by Avatar.
While the 15-year anniversary is enough to warrant a re-release, the 3D release is actually going to be timed to coincide with a bigger event: The 100-year anniversary of the original ship setting sail. Titanic will be re-released in 3D on April 6, 2012, the centennial of the original Titanic's demise.
Cameron made the announcement last May.
"There's a whole generation that's never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. And this will be Titanic as you've never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike."
Last year, Winslet confessed that she, too, felt a bit "disconnected" from all of the hoopla over the Titanic re-release.
"You know, at the end of the day, it's weird. It's really weird because it's 15 years ago and I don't know, I feel very disconnected now from actually what was going on in my life at the time and how I felt. A lot of it, it does really feel like a distant memory, so it's going to be quite strange to have that sort of thrust into people's face all over again," the Oscar winner told Stylelist in December.
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