12 Facts About The Movie 'Titanic' That Make It Worth Rewatching Again And Again
Remember the old couple that transformed every person watching into a human wet tissue? They are actually based on a real couple, Ida & Isidor Straus. Ida was reportedly offered a seat, but refused in order to stay with her husband. Then her husband was offered a seat so they could be together, but he refused too so that the lives of younger women and children could be saved.
#11 Angel Dust
On the final night of shooting in Nova Scotia, someone mixed the hallucinogen PCP (angel dust) into the clam chowder served to the cast and crew. More than fifty people were rushed to the emergency room. James Cameron forcibly vomited it out once he realized what was happening, and wasn't affected much. The prankster was never really caught. It was probably DiCaprio from the shoot of The Wolf Of Wall Street through a time machine.
#10 Just One Chance
In the scene where the water comes crashing into the Grand Staircase room, the filmmakers only had one chance to get it right. The entire set and furnishings were going to be destroyed in the shot, so there was no going back once they unleashed the water.
#9 A Thousand Knives Hug
The first time Jack and Rose meet at the bow of the ship, he shares a story about how he fell into freezing cold water while ice fishing. He tells her how it feels like "being stabbed with a thousand knives all over your body." This was what a Titanic survivor said about the temperature of the North Atlantic ocean water.
#8 Gloria Stuart
The actress who played 101-year-old Rose was a delightful person. Gloria Stuart was the only cast member who was alive when the titanic actually went down. Both Stuart and Winslet were nominated for an Academy Award - the first character in history to have two actors nominated for the Oscar. Stuart also had to put make up in order to look 101, she was only 87 at the time.
James Cameron included real details from the actual sinking ship and used them in the movie. The movie has 2 hours and 40 minutes of scenes set in 1912, which is the exact amount of time the Titanic took to sink in real life. The film also leaves exactly 37 seconds between the iceberg warning and the collision, which is, again akin to the actual events.
#6 Science, Bitch!
Famed scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson noticed that stars of the night sky in the movie didn't look like what the sky would actually have looked like at that night in 1912. He harassed Cameron with the info but in vain. In the remake though, Cameron took his findings into account and corrected the sky.
#5 DiCaprio Can Write
The immenseley popular, "Iâ€™m the king of the world!" line wasnâ€™t actually in the script but made up by Leo on the spot. The American Film Institute places it in the Top 100 Quotes of All Time.
#4 Attention To Detail
James Cameron gave over 150 extras the names and personal histories of the passengers of the real Titanic. All actors also took a thee-hour course to learn people's "proper" behavior in 1912.
#3 Method Acting
Kate Winslet was the only actor on set to not wear a wetsuit in the freezing water. She ended up getting pneumonia and almost quit, but thankfully Cameron convinced her to stay.
#2 Pets Cheat Death
Leo's pet lizard was run over by a truck on set and almost met his maker but he managed to nurse it back to life.
#1 Improv Game On Point
DiCaprio improvised another line in the movie and it fit in perfectly. When Jack is preparing to draw Rose, he says,"Over on that bed.. Uh, couch." The original line was just "Over on that couch." Cameron loved it and so did we!
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