The Extra List: All Things 'Titanic'!
With the release of James Cameron's "Titanic 3D," "Extra" has complied 20 memorable quotes and fascinating facts about one of the highest-grossing films of all time!
20 'Titanic' Quotes and Facts
"I'm the king of the world!"
Matthew McConaughey as Jack?
The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey, but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jack & Rose
Jack: "That's what everybody says but, with all due respect, Miss, I'm not the one hanging off the back of a ship here. Come on. C'mon, give me your hand. You don't want to do this."[She reaches her hand back, he reaches his forward, and he helps her back onto the deck]Jack: "Whew! I'm Jack Dawson."Rose: "Rose De Witt Bukater."Jack: "I'm gonna have to get you to write that one down."
Most of the ocean in which extras were jumping into was only 3 feet deep.
"That's one of the good things about Paris: lots of girls willing to take their clothes off."
'My Heart Will Go On'
Director James Cameron was adamant about not including any songs in the film, even over the closing credits.Composer James Horner secretly arranged with lyricist Will Jennings and singer Céline Dion to write "My Heart Will Go On" and record a demo tape which he then presented to Cameron, who responded very favorably and included the song over the closing credits.The song went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Rose & Cal
Rose (Kate Winslet): "I am not a foreman in one of your mills that you can command. I am your fiancée."Cal Hockley (Billy Zane): "My fian... my fiancée! Yes, you are, and my wife. My wife in practice if not yet by law, so you will honor me. You will honor me the way a wife is required to honor a husband. Because I will not be made a fool, Rose. Is this in any way unclear?"Rose: "No."
Gloria Stuart, being only 86, was aged by makeup to play Rose at age 101. She did not find this a pleasant experience.
Rose & Her Mother
Rose: "It's so unfair."Ruth (Frances Fisher): "Of course it's unfair. We're women. Our choices are never easy."
Cost of 'Titanic'
At $200 million, the movie cost more than the Titanic itself.The cost to construct the ship in 1910-1912 was 1.5 million pounds, which is the equivalent to $7.5 million US at the time and about $120 to $150 million US in 1997.
"I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count."
'Avatar' Beats 'Titanic'
"Titanic" WAS the highest grossing film in box office history with a worldwide gross of $1.8 billion until it was surpassed by "Avatar" in 2010. Both films were directed by James Cameron.
Rose at 101 Years Old
Rose (Gloria Stuart): "1,500 people went into the sea, when Titanic sank from under us. There were 20 boats floating nearby... and only one came back. One. Six were saved from the water, myself included. Six... out of 1,500. Afterward, the 700 people in the boats had nothing to do but wait... wait to die... wait to live... wait for an absolution... that would never come."
Molly Brown (Kathy Bates): "Ain't nothing to it, is there, Jack? Remember, they love money so pretend like you own a gold mine and you're in the club."
Reba McEntire as Molly Brown?
Reba McEntire was offered and had accepted the role of Molly Brown, but due to later schedule conflicts, had to turn it down.
No Wet Suit for Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet was one of the few actors who didn't want to wear a wetsuit during the water scenes; as a result, she got pneumonia, and nearly quit the production as a result. However, Cameron persuaded her to stay.
Jack & Rose
Rose: "I believe you are blushing, Mr. Big Artiste. I can't imagine Monsieur Monet blushing."Jack: "He does landscapes."
Cameron's regular Michael Biehn was nearly cast as Cal Hockley and attended numerous meetings with Cameron to discuss the role. Rob Lowe, Rupert Everett, Peter Greene and Pierce Brosnan were also considered, though ultimately the part went to Billy Zane.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Kate?
Gwyneth Paltrow was also up for the role of Rose Dewitt Bukater but lost to Kate Winslet.
Jack & Rose
Jack: "Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me... it brought me to you. And I'm thankful for that, Rose. I'm thankful. You must do me this honor. Promise me you'll survive. That you won't give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise."Rose: "I promise."Jack: "Never let go."Rose: "I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go."