Certain big screen performances are so iconic and so truly specific to the actors that played them that it’s difficult to imagine anyone else occupying their roles. For instance, Titanic. Is there anyone on Earth other than Kate Winslet who you could even picture donning that dress, spouting those lines, and clutching that drowning plebeian at the end of James Cameron’s classic romance? Believe it or not, there was a time before Rose meant Kate Winslet — a time when the now legendary actress actually had to audition.
Winslet’s screen test for Titanic has hit the web in conjunction with the film’s Blu-ray release, gifting the world with a glance at her early attempts at embodying Cameron’s heroine. What makes it better is that she auditions opposite not Leonardo DiCaprio, but Clueless‘ Jeremy Sisto. Check it out below:
Here are a few more of our favorite actors trying out for the roles that, ultimately, couldn’t possibly have been embodied by anyone else.
Mark Hamill for Star Wars
Steve Carell for Anchorman
Emma Stone for Easy A
Lindsay Lohan for The Parent Trap
Adam West and Burt Ward for the Original Batman TV Series
Sharon Stone for Basic Instinct
[Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]