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Iconic Roles That Were Almost Played by Someone Else

People Logo By Diana Pearl of People | Slide 1 of 26: The 1997 blockbuster made Kate Winslet a superstar, but Paltrow came close to being cast as Rose, the posh passenger who fell for Leonardo DiCaprio's rakish Jack aboard the doomed voyage. "I know that the story is that I turned it down," Paltrow told Howard Stern. "I think I was really in contention for it – I was one of the last two." Regardless, Paltrow isn't bitter. "I look back at the choices I've made and think, 'Why the hell did I say yes to that? And no to that?' And you know, you look at the big picture and think: There's a universal lesson here. What good is it to hold onto roles?"

GWYNETH PALTROW: ROSE, TITANIC

The 1997 blockbuster made Kate Winslet a superstar, but Paltrow came close to being cast as Rose, the posh passenger who fell for Leonardo DiCaprio's rakish Jack aboard the doomed voyage. "I know that the story is that I turned it down," Paltrow told Howard Stern. "I think I was really in contention for it – I was one of the last two." Regardless, Paltrow isn't bitter. "I look back at the choices I've made and think, 'Why the hell did I say yes to that? And no to that?' And you know, you look at the big picture and think: There's a universal lesson here. What good is it to hold onto roles?"
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