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Paul Rudd is encouraged to Leonardo DiCaprio’s take on the iconic “Titanic” role,

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Leonardo DiCaprio remembers the sight of River Phoenix, just prior to his tragic death in October 1993.

Paul Rudd could be the reason that James Cameron’s “Titanic” did not sink.

During a visit to “The Graham Norton Show,” Rudd, 50, has told the story of the day of the making of the movie “Romeo + Juliet, in which Leonardo DiCaprio told Rudd that he had been offered the role of the epic of Jack in’ Titanic.’

According to Rudd, DiCaprio, now 44, was not sure whether or not he would play the role.

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“He said,” Well, I don’t know what I’m going to do it,'” Rudd said. “And I remember saying, ‘You have to do it.'”

“I don’t think I have anything to say yet,” he said. “But it’s still interesting to think about that.”

Rudd also has a surprising connection to the real Titanic): His father was an expert on the doomed luxury liner, and would have to travel to universities to talk about it.

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Also present for the interview, it was Robert Deniro, who discuss their own involvement with DiCaprio’s rise to fame.

De Niro, 76, remembered to do a table read for “This Boy’s Life with a young DiCaprio.

“Leo, it was not the reading of the charge, it was a different guy,” said Niro. “At the end of it,” I said, ” (DiCaprio) is really interesting, you will need to pay more attention to him.” I don’t know if my saying that has anything to do with it.”

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Norton chimed in, “You know what, it did!”

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