Fiften years ago, James Cameron released a movie about a dude named Jack and a girl named Rose. Jack is dirt poor, Rose is filthy rich. They fall in love like characters in telenovelas do, only this time the setting is a little-known cruise ship called the Titanic.
The movie made waves—big ones, tsunami-sized ones that wiped out box office records. It was the first film to reach the billion dollar mark, with worldwide gross sales of 1.8 billion dollars, thus making it the highest grossing film of all time for 12 years until Avatar drowned it in 2010.
Not content being second-best, the Titanic is pissed. So now, the tragic voyage starts once again as Titanic sets out to recover the box-office crown, getting a re-release in a form that Avatar more or less introduced to the world: in 3-fucking-D. Because what better way to see Rose’s boobs than in 3D, right?
As of writing, Titanic 3D has soared to the top of the box-office in China and U.K. while maintaining a top 3 spot in the U.S. behind stiff competition from The Hunger Games, and American Pie: Reunion.
Think you know everything about Titanic, though? How about these 15 bits of trivia to thicken your Titanic knowledge to, oh we don’t know, to impress your girlfriend, maybe? Check them out:
1)Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukaker (yeah, we didn’t know her last name, too) played by the glorious Kate Winslet are, sorry to burst your bubble, completely fictional. There was however a “J.Dawson” aboard the ship, a fireman who shoveled coal to feed the engine.
2) Though the leads are not, some of the characters in the movie, are in fact based on real people. Chief among those are Margaret “Molly” Brown (Kathy Bates) who commandeered a lifeboat to help survivors; Captain Edward John Smith (Bernard Hill) who froze to death and died with his ship; and Wallace Heartley (Jonathan Evans-Jones), the bandmaster and violinist who played with his colleagues to the very end.
3) James Cameron, an underwater exploration enthusiast himself, gave the crew of the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh including Anatoly Sagalevich, the creator and operator of the Mir Deep Submergence Vehicle some screen time in the film. Those guys were responsible for helping Cameron with initial research for the film.
4) Cameron gave himself his own cameo as well! He reportedly appears 12 times over the course of the movie, with the most prominent one being the scene where his beard gets combed for lice.
5)Christian Bale auditioned for the role of Jack, but Cameron didn’t want two British actors playing the role of the two American leads. Cameron got his way with DiCaprio, in spite of the studio’s pleas to get Matthew McConaughey for the lead.
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