A movie that the public will never let go of is James Cameron’s Titanic. This epic movie masterpiece has lingered in our list of favourite movies for longer than your average for many reasons.
Taking a look at the making of Titanic behind the scenes, we discovered a few fun facts and perhaps the reason why our love for the movie will go on and oooooooooon.
Better Than a Peck on the Hand
When Kate and Leo met for the first time, they were aware there’d be some steamy on-screen moments coming their way, and Kate would have to bare all for that nude life drawing scene.
Kate, in good form, decided to break the tension before it had a chance to arise by flashing her ample assets at her Hollywood superstar opposite.
This immediately gave the pair fun and dynamic relationship to work with, and all the steamiest scenes in the movie benefited because of it.
A Man of Many Talents
Despite being present for the nude drawing scenes, Leo was not the artist who sketched the infamous picture.
The artist’s hand you see working that on paper magic, drawing Kate “like one of his French girls” was actually Cameron himself.
No Loo Breaks Allowed
You don’t get to be as successful as James Cameron without enforcing a few ridiculous on set rules. Cameron is the master of his set and, as a result, delivers amazing movies that take his audience’s breath away.
In the big pool used to recreate the water scenes, Cameron invoked a rule that made Titanic behind the scenes a little unhygienic.
He forbade people potty breaks in order to keep actors in their character and to retain the mood and atmosphere whilst filming the movies most powerful scenes.
This meant people would spend hours in the giant pool, swimming in a delightful mixture of water and their own urine.
It comes as no surprise, but the freezing water scenes were filmed in freezing temperatures, to get the proper effect.
After spending hours in such conditions, poor Kate developed pneumonia, which of course she ploughed through to continue filming and not disappoint Cameron.
J. Dawson Was Aboard
After wrapping the movie up, Cameron discovered there was actually a J. Dawson onboard the real Titanic.
His creation of Jack Dawson was entirely without reference to anyone onboard but, following the movie’s release, the real Dawson’s gravesite became a regularly visited Titanic fan spot.
A Rose by Any Other Name
Turns out that Kate was not the first choice for the role of Rose. In fact, she practically had to beg Cameron for the part, calling and writing to him almost daily.
Others in the running included Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston.
What do you think?
Near Far . . . Almost Not in the Film
Whenever we hear that familiar fluted melody we think of Titanic, but it was against Cameron’s wishes, to begin with.
He wanted the movie to speak for itself and felt a pop song would take away from the seriousness of the movie’s message and meaning.
Turns out that it’s not what you know but who.
Ms Dion’s late husband knew the composer, James Horner, and arranged for the track to be written and recorded in secret, whilst Cameron was busy with directing Titanic behind the scenes.
Once Cameron heard “My Heart Will Go On” he fell in love and the rest is history.
Best Friends Forever
Since the infamous boob flash, Kate and Leo formed a fantastic friendship that has grown and thrived until the present day.
Whilst making Titanic behind the scenes there was a strong bond formed, with lots of practical joking along the way.
The pair have regular conversations and are known to quote lines from the movie to each other, just because they can and it’s funny.
“I’m not going to tell you what we actually talk about, but yeah, we’re very, very close and sometimes we do quote the odd Titanic line back and forth to each other, because only we can, and we find it really funny.” Kate Winslet
It’s because of their strong friendship that Kate didn’t boycott the 2016 Oscars with some of her fellow actors. She felt it was Leo’s year and she wanted to be there to support him. Aaaawww.
The two often gush about how much they love each other and how much their friendship means to one and other.
Background Stories for Background Cast
It wasn’t only the leading roles that Cameron demanded massive amounts of dedication from. The supporting cast were also expected to get lost in the moment and become their characters entirely.
Delivering real fear and terror during the sinking scenes was so important to Cameron, that he gave his extras back stories to draw from.
One older lady was instructed to imagine her daughter had gone back below deck to retrieve her wedding ring, and she hadn’t returned. Cameron wanted to see the panic and fear in her eyes, knowing that she might never see her daughter again.
Setting Cinema Records
Today you have to be quick to see a movie in the cinema, most top blockbusters are only screened for a month or so.
Titanic set records for being one of the longest running modern movies in cinemas, released in the US in 1997 and still being shown in theatres all over the world when it was being sold on VHS in 1998.
Rumoured Drug Use on Set
Those who worked Titanic behind the scenes were rumoured to be a lot of fun but, on one occasion some cast and crew members took a funny turn after lunch.
Some were giggling in fits of hysterics, others were spaced out and a few were struck with bouts of dizziness and vomiting, even Cameron.
Turns out some prankster had spiked the lobster chowder with PCP, but the culprit was never found.
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We love all things movie related at Arthouse Hotel and looking at Titanic behind the scenes the magic of moviemaking makes us love films all the more.
We’ve checked out plenty of fun facts about some of the films that inspired our group hotel rooms.
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