Billy Zane's Titanic typecast

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An epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron, this memorable movie gives viewers a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 through the eyes of two ill-fated lovers from different social classes. Leonardo DiCaprio acts as Jack Dawson while Kate Winslet is a married first class passenger named Rose DeWitt Bukater. Billy Zane plays Rose's controlling fiancé Cal Hockley.
April 6th, 2012

Billy Zane felt ''typecast'' after he starred in 'Titanic'.

The 46-year-old actor - who portrayed Cal Hockley in the 1997 epic drama - admitted while landing such a coveted role in the movie was ''a gift'', he became ''synonymous with playing bad guys'' among casting directors immediately afterwards.

He told BANG Showbiz: ''It's a gift for any actor to be part of such a wonderful movie - it was a blessing. But in terms of a curse, Hollywood in particular is notorious for taking less risks for more money. So when it comes to casting in particular, there's quite a bit of type casting.

''And they always try to make 'last year's movie' which is a big mistake, instead of 'next year's movie'. I was synonymous with playing bad guys. So it forces you to become a little more inventive and embrace your independence and direct your own movies, and make your own life.''

With the Oscar-winning movie re-released on April 6 in state of the art 3D, Billy explained watching 'Titanic' a second time around allowed him to finally feel ''sympathy'' for his bad boy character.

He added: ''I found myself experiencing it more objectively, like an audience member. It completely transformed be into a ticket holder.

''But what I found this time around, which is really interesting, was I was really engaged by Cal- I could see myself outside of myself and I suddenly found myself caring a lot. I was more understanding, and had more sympathy dare I say, for his journey than I did before.''

'Titanic 3D' is released on April 6.