In an ocean of great movies, Titanic is the heart of the ocean. The tragic tale of the 1914 sinking of the RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage is lovely and heart-wrenching at the same time. But as diamonds are formed under intense pressure, making this movie was a strenuous task. There were hazards and twenty-four-hour-long shoot days. The actors were overworked and yet gave performances of their lifetimes.

James Cameron’s Titanic is a film that will always be iconic and evergreen. The movie finds its way into pop-culture discussions one way or another. This time it concerns the director James Cameron’s behavior toward actress Kate Winslet. And how the situation could have very easily turned life-threatening.

Kate Winslet Almost Drowned to Death

Kate Winslet has often talked about how her time filming Titanic, amongst other things, was sort of traumatic. Even as the movie launched her into international stardom, she didn’t get off the set physically unscathed. From bruises to broken bones and catching hypothermia; shooting Titanic was an experience of a lifetime for Winslet and in more ways than one.

However, the actress mentions one particular instance where she was extremely shaken up and wasn’t shown a shred of kindness by her director James Cameron.  

Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic

 The aforementioned instance occurred while filming the scene Jack, Leonardo Dicaprio, is saved by Rose, played by Winslet and they are both trying to make through to the deck of the ship in neck-deep water and are met with a closed door. By some happenstance, they procure the key, but so happens that the key falls and Rose goes down, into the water to retrieve it. Call it a classic and dangerous case of wardrobe malfunction, but Winslet wears an overcoat in this scene which is the villain in the story.

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While shooting, the coat gets stuck in the gate, submerging Winslet. She somehow managed to get out of the coat and saved herself and yet the shock of the situation got to her. She recalled saying:

“I had to sort of shimmy out of the coat to get free, I had no breath left. I thought I’d burst. 

Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack and Rose in Titanic

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James Cameron’s Indifference Shocked Kate Winslet

James Cameron
James Cameron

Genius Director James Cameron has quite a reputation for being harsh and strict towards his subjects. But as they say, excellence has to pay a price. Upon Kate Winslet’s nearly drowning herself, Cameron didn’t show her a shred of kindness and rolled the shot as if nothing had happened. Winslet was shocked but didn’t show it.

 “Jim just said, ‘OK, let’s go again.’ That was his attitude. I didn’t want to be a wimp so I didn’t complain.”

Cameron’s account of the situation was the same but he explained why he did what he did.

“At the point we did that scene, I knew Kate was pretty stoic — she never expressed to me that she didn’t want to continue. It didn’t come to me until about 10 minutes later that she was actually really shaken. It would not be unusual for Kate, after a really big emotional scene, to go and cry for an hour, just as part of the process. [In this scene] she was never in physical danger, but she perceived that she was.” 

With stories old and new, and queries many and few, Titanic holds a place in the history of cinema and in many hearts that cannot be challenged. 

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Source: Collider

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