On December 19th, 1997, James Cameron’s epic drama Titanic opened in theaters across America. See how much you know about the movie that grossed over $2 billion worldwide and earned 11 Oscar Awards…
There Was Almost a Different Jack and Rose It's impossible to imagine the film without Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, but rumor has it they were not the first choices for their characters. Gwyneth Paltrow and Matthew McConaughey were reportedly in talks to star before things fell through. With that said, don't expect James Cameron to reveal the truth. "I will neither confirm nor deny," he said. "I just don't think that's cool to talk about actors that either chose not to do it, or were unavailable, or stupidly decided that there wasn't enough meat on the bone of the character, or whatever it was."
The Crew Was Reportedly Drugged After a long and difficult shoot, the cast and crew were nearly ready to wrap when many of them came down with a mysterious illness. Fifteen minutes after eating lobster chowder, "the crew was all milling about. Some people were laughing, some people were crying, some people were throwing up," actor Bill Paxton recalled. "One minute I felt okay," he added, "the next minute I felt so goddamn anxious I wanted to breathe in a paper bag. Cameron was feeling the same way." It turns out that someone had spiked their food with PCP. To this day, no one knows the culprit behind it.
The Cost of The Movie Was More Than The Cost of the Real Ship The fact that the movie cost more than the real ship is a little bit unbelievable. To make a film as classic as Titanic, it took $200 million and it was the first film to reach the billion dollars mark with an initial worldwide gross of over $1.84 million. And to create the real ship, it took $7.5 million, which now would be roughly equivalent to $174 million.
J. Dawson Was Real Jack Dawson might have been a fictional character but, as it turns out, there was a J. Dawson aboard the real ship. It's a mere coincidence that the two share such similar names because Cameron didn't find out about the latter until after the film wrapped. Since its release, the real Dawson's gravesite has been extremely popular among tourists.
It Was the First Movie to Have Two Separate People Receive Oscar Nominations for Playing the Same Character Titanic famously racked up 14 academy award nominations, tied with All About Eve for the most all time. In fact, the academy was so in love with it, that one of the characters even got nominated twice. Kate Winslet was nominated for best actress for playing the younger version of Rose DeWitt and Gloria Stuart was nominated for playing the older version. Only one other movie has duplicated the feat: 2001's Iris, where the titular role was played by and earned Oscar nominations for both Dame Judi Dench and - wait for it - Kate Winslet. In both films the two nominated actresses ultimately lost.