On occasion, legendary stories come from the filming of epic movies. Take Titanic, for example. Given the fact it's one of the highest-grossing, most critically acclaimed films of all time, it's hardly surprising there is an abundance of behind-the-scenes stories from Titanic - many of these tales are dark or downright weird.
Helmed by writer and director James Cameron, the pitch for Titanic was initially Romeo and Juliet set on a sinking ship. However, 20th Century Fox was hesitant yet eager to develop a working relationship with Cameron; they agreed to co-finance the film. Titanic started production in 1996 with a budget of $200 million.
All the studio support and seemingly endless cash flow couldn't prevent crazy things from occurring behind the scenes, and the lore behind the filming of Titanic is almost as entertaining as the movie itself.
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The Actors Had Access To Hot Tubs Because The Set Was Freezing
Given the icy Pacific waters used for filming, the actors spent most of their time miserable from the cold. The producers made hot tubs readily available on the set for actors to warm up. And with every moment of an epic like Titanic requiring meticulous planning and intricate shooting, there was substantial downtime for reheating in the bubbles.
Kate Winslet Hounded James Cameron For The Role Of RoseVideo: YouTube
Kate Winslet really wanted the Rose role. Sensing what a major movie event Titanic would become, Winslet hounded James Cameron until he finally hired her. "You don’t understand! I am Rose!" she told him. "I don't know why you’re even seeing anyone else!"
She didn't audition, however - presumably, her persistence was enough to get her a screen test to seal the deal.
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The Movie Unfolds In Real Time
One of the reasons there's a heightened sense of danger and urgency pulsing through Titanic is because Cameron stayed true to the actual event's timeline. The entire movie runs two hours and 40 minutes - precisely the amount of time it took for the real Titanic to sink.
Also, the iceberg collision lasted 37 seconds in the movie, which parallels how long the real Titanic took to meet its demise.
There Truly Was A 'J. Dawson' On The 'Titanic,' Just Not The One You Think
The two main characters in Titanic - Jack and Rose - do not have any connections to a specific couple during the real Titanic's sinking. But in one of life's supreme coincidences, a man named J. Dawson died in the tragedy. Rescuers discovered Dawson's body; he eventually had a burial in a cemetery in Nova Scotia, but this wasn't a Jack Dawson: it was a Joseph Dawson, one of the ship's crew members.
As can be expected, this fact hasn't stopped scores of devoted Titanic movie fans from flocking to his grave, though.