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15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat

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“Titanic” is a legendary film. $ 200 million was spent on the creation of the 194-minute tape . Everyone knows that he was nominated for an Oscar 14 times, and no film could break his box office record for a whole 10 years. But few people know that Cameron did not even let the actors go to the toilet (don’t ask how they did it), and Winslet almost left the shooting for good.

We at  SUMclicks are loyal fans of the movie by James Cameron, so we are in a hurry to tell you about the shooting of Titanic. By the way, if you haven’t seen the alternative ending, there is a surprise at the end of the article.

The portrait of Rose was written by the director himself

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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We know Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor, but he is not an artist. He could not draw Kate himself, so James Cameron himself, the well-known director of “Titanic”, took up the brush. It is his hand with a pencil that flaunts in close-ups in the film. 

By the way, there is another reason why we admire the scrupulousness of the main director of “Titanic”: DiCaprio is right-handed, and Cameron is left-handed. To avoid the blooper, he  mirrored the picture.

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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In 2011, the drawing was sold at auction for $ 16 thousand.

There are many hidden symbols in the final scene

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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Vigilant viewers have long noticed that in the final episode, the clock on the main staircase reads 2 hours and 20 minutes. It was at this time that the real Titanic sank . 

But not everyone paid attention to the fact that during the kiss of Jack and Rose, Captain Smith begins to clap the last. This detail is not accidental: it is a symbol of the fact that the captains leave the ships last. 

Hence, Smith should also be the last to applaud.

Emma Thompson Helps Winslet Nude Scene

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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The young actress was very worried when she starred naked in front of Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Kate admitted that her colleague from the film Sense and Sensibility helped her tune in to the process: “I worked with Emma Thompson, who is a very relaxed and relaxed person. 

I saw her undress in front of the camera and realized that it was just part of the story. “

The touching elderly couple had real prototypes

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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The silent hugs of the elderly spouses break the hearts of spectators to smithereens every time before death. But it becomes even sadder because this couple had real prototypes. Their names were Isidore and  Ida Strauss .

When the Titanic crashed, a place in the boat had already been prepared for Ida, Isidore and their maids, Ellen Byrd . 

But the noble Isidore refused to leave the ship while the children and women remained on board. Then Ida also decided to stay, telling her husband: “We have lived together for so many years. Where you are, there I am. “

By the way, Cameron filmed their argument, but did not include it in the final version of the film. But in vain: these 26 seconds would definitely not have interfered with the film.

Kate Winslet didn’t audition

Winslet  never dreamed that she would get one of the leading roles in a film of this magnitude, but that did not stop her from looking forward to audition. However, at the first stage, when the actor comes in his usual clothes and works with the casting director, she was never invited.

The British star said that she was asked to fly to Los Angeles. In the studio, she was given a real costume, showed her partner who played Jack (it was not DiCaprio), and asked to act out a few scenes. 

Check out the video above, Kate is adorable there. After the second series of screen tests, Winslet got the desired role.

During the filming of the flood, the team had no room for error

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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James Cameron is very attentive to detail, so the interiors of the ship have been carefully recreated. Of course, this required large financial costs.

When it came time to shoot the scene in which water crashes down onto the beautiful grand staircase, the director’s team was very nervous. The fact is that they had no room for error, because during the take, all the scenery was destroyed by a real stream of water. And no one would have allocated money for the repeated reconstruction. It’s good that they succeeded on the first try.

The actors had a personal swimming coach

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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The director wanted the cast to be tough enough. And although Kate Winslet was swimming 3-4 times a week, this was not enough. 

That is why it was decided to provide the actors with a personal trainer. The actress was not embarrassed by the additional training, on the contrary, she enjoyed them.

Kate Winslet refused to wear a wetsuit

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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During the filming of scenes in the water for all the actors had wetsuits. They are needed so that people do not get hypothermia, because the water in the pool was only 15.5 degrees. 

But Kate Winslet decided to live this experience for real, so she gave up the wetsuit. As a result, the star fell ill with pneumonia and almost left the project, but Cameron persuaded her to stay.

Cameron did not let the actors get out of the water

Large-scale shooting of “Titanic” dragged on, which seriously put pressure on James Cameron. The actors had a particularly hard time shooting scenes with lifeboats. To stay on schedule even more, the director threatened to fire anyone who decided to get out of the water and use the toilet.

Cameron carefully prepared extras from more than 150 actors

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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We all remember the heartbreaking scenes of the sinking passengers of the Titanic. It took Cameron over 150 actors to film them. But the most amazing thing is that he  took each of the extras aside to give the heroes names and tell about their fate. 

So the director wanted to make sure that even the seemingly insignificant characters in the film still had their own story.

Cameron also made sure that each actor was able to portray that era correctly. To do this, he organized a lesson for the extras on manners and customs in 1912. The lesson was moderated by Lynn Hockney, choreographer of Titanic.

History of the “Heart of the Ocean” and its further fate

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This luxurious piece of jewelry and the rights to copy and sell it was bought by J. Peterman Company even before the Titanic was released. When the film was released, John Peterman was making huge batches of blue heart necklaces and selling them to fans around the world. 

Then the firm went bankrupt, and the original necklace had to be sold to pay off the debts. Unfortunately, nobody knows its whereabouts. Peterman himself jokes that it is “anywhere but at the bottom of the ocean.”

After the release of the film “Heart of the Ocean” was produced by the jewelry company Asprey & Garrard. Their necklace was sold at a charity auction for $ 1.4 million.

Also during the auction, a condition was put forward: the singer Celine Dion must wear “Heart of the Ocean” at the Oscar. The necklace was then donated to the former National Shipwreck Museum in Charleston, where it is on display to this day.

Costumes of the main characters sold for a lot of money

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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John Peterman, who bought the rights to the copies of Heart of the Ocean, also acquired the costumes of the protagonists from 20th Century Fox. 

Among his catch were a pink chiffon dress (which Rose wore on her last day on the Titanic) and a beaded evening dress (which Winslet’s character goes to a party with Jack). Peterman also bought Jack’s wool vest, suspenders and corduroy trousers.

As a result, Peterman sold these suits: for a pink dress, he received $ 11.5 thousand, for a red one – $ 2 thousand, and for Jack’s things – $ 9 thousand.

Red varnish on the nails of an aged Rose – improvisation

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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As Billy Zane (the actor who played Rose’s rich groom) recalls , Cameron was very demanding and strict on the set. But even he could not resist the charm of Gloria Stewart, who played the elderly Rose. When they were shooting close-ups of Stewart climbing the railing, Cameron suddenly said, “Gloria, what is this red nail polish?” The actress hurried to explain her mistake, but Cameron interrupted her: “It doesn’t matter, I like it!”

It took the team a year to create a vintage wardrobe

15 facts about filming the iconic Titanic that will make even the hardest heart miss a beat
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Another reason to admire the colossal work of James Cameron is the costumes of the heroes. It was extremely important for him that the outfits fit perfectly. It took the designers a whole year to work with the costumes . Cameron made high demands on the historical accuracy of the characters’ wardrobe and spared no expense in improving it. However, the director did not save expensive vintage clothes and made the actors swim for hours in cold water in full dress.

The film has an alternate ending

As you well remember, at the end we are shown an aged Rose. She stands at the edge of the liner and tosses an expensive Heart of the Ocean diamond necklace into the water. 

To beautiful music, a blue heart-shaped stone plunges into the abyss. But there is also another version of the ending. We will not retell it, see for yourself.

Do you know anything unusual about filming Titanic?


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