Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet almost had one of music’s biggest names starring alongside them in Titanic: Reba McEntire!
On Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the country crooner, 63, revealed that she was initially cast as the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown in James Cameron’s 1995 blockbuster, but had to turn down the memorable role due to scheduling conflicts.
“We were on tour and I had a lot of people on the payroll and we had these three months to do the movie. And then they got behind on scheduling and said, ‘No, we’re going to have to move it in this time.’ So we couldn’t reschedule all the arenas and everything,” McEntire said.
The role would eventually go to Oscar winner Kathy Bates, and the movie turned into a worldwide smash, earning over $2 billion at the box office and winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Asked by Cohen if it killed her a little bit when the movie became such a huge hit, McEntire admitted, “Well, sure, absolutely.”
“But you got to take care of your people,” McEntire said.