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  • Leo DiCaprio Ad-Libbed The Whole 'King Of The World' Moment on Random Weird But True Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Titanic'

    (#4) Leo DiCaprio Ad-Libbed The Whole 'King Of The World' Moment

    When Leo DiCaprio stands at the bow of the ship, arms triumphantly outstretched, proclaiming he is "king of the world," it's an enduringly magical movie moment. But DiCaprio's most famous line wasn't in the script at all - he completely improvised it.

    Cameron would later reuse the line a bit more self-serving in his Oscar acceptance speech for his directing.

  • Jenette Goldstein Used An Earthquake Experience To Help Perform Her 'Irish Mother' Scene on Random Weird But True Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Titanic'

    (#16) Jenette Goldstein Used An Earthquake Experience To Help Perform Her 'Irish Mother' Scene

    One of Titanic's most heartbreaking scenes shows an Irish mother (Jenette Goldstein) calmly telling a fairy tale to her children, trying to get them to fall asleep before the water will fill the ship and drown them. The scene is agonizing because the mother has given up hope of saving her children, and is entirely focused on the goal of seeing them to their deaths without any fear or pain.

    Goldstein, a James Cameron regular who was also in Aliens and Terminator 2, recalled using her own memories of an earthquake to put herself in the mother's frame of mind:

    The very last scene, putting them to bed, was in one way easy and in one way hard. The easy thing was putting myself in that position because I had gone through the big Los Angeles earthquake in 1994 when my oldest son was five. I was a single parent, my son was in the bed with [me], and it felt like a bomb was going off. I got him out of the bed and stood under the doorway, and he was asleep and I was holding him, and I wanted to scream, but I didn’t, because the same thought was in my head: We’re gonna die. Let him die while sleeping. Don’t scream. So that was the easy part. The hard part was, during the scene, trying not to cry.

    The script only said that the mother told her children a story, without specifying which one. Irish actors suggested the tale of Tír na nÓg. Goldstein recalled:

    I think in the script it said, ‘She tells them a bedtime story.’ That’s all it said. And so I said, ‘Which one?’ I was talking to a lot of the Irish actors and they said, ‘You’ve got to tell them the story of Tír na nÓg,’ and they wrote out the whole tale for me. It goes so well with the kids — you’re going to a place of final rest, where it’s youth and beauty.

    Child actor Reece Thompson didn't realize the characters were supposed to die. “After we do the scene," Goldstein said, “he goes to me, ‘So when are we gonna do the next scene? And I said, ‘Which one?’ And he goes, ‘The one where we get onto the boats and escape.’ Oh my god. I was just like, ‘Uhhhh, talk to your mom.’”

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    (#3) Kate Winslet Hounded James Cameron For The Role Of Rose

    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.

  • Kate Winslet Refused To Wear A Wetsuit - And Got Pneumonia on Random Weird But True Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Titanic'

    (#10) Kate Winslet Refused To Wear A Wetsuit - And Got Pneumonia

    Almost every Titanic cast member had to spend extended periods of time in a massive, on-set water tank during filming. Sourced directly from the Pacific Ocean, the water for these tanks were freezing.

    Most cast members wore wetsuits for protection, but one notable holdout was Kate Winslet. She refused to wear one because she'd thought she'd be too aware of it - thus, it'd negatively affect her performance. She got pneumonia as a result.

  • Cameron Wanted Enya To Score The Movie on Random Weird But True Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Titanic'

    (#15) Cameron Wanted Enya To Score The Movie

    Before James Horner joined the crew, Cameron was adamant about Enya scoring the movie. He used her music in the first rough film edits. When Enya turned down his offer, Cameron hired Horner. There's a rumor about Horner, unaware of Cameron initially wanting Enya, using her music as inspiration for his score.

  • Kate Winslet Flashed Leo DiCaprio The First Time They Met on Random Weird But True Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Titanic'

    (#6) Kate Winslet Flashed Leo DiCaprio The First Time They Met

    The formative scene of Jack drawing Rose "like one of his French girls" was among the first scenes shot for Titanic. To break the ice, Kate Winslet allegedly flashed Leo DiCaprio. It was reportedly the first time the two had met.

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