Exclusive: Titanic cast remembers filming epic

Your favorite star-crossed lovers are back and this time larger-than-life in the new Titanic 3D. SheKnows brings this exclusive look from the cast on what it was like to film the epic drama.


“Iceberg, right ahead!” screams a man at the helm of a great ship. Those are not the words you want to hear when you’re sailing across the Atlantic meeting the love of your life. Fortunately for Jack and Rose, they were enjoying their last moments together before the world around them came crumbling down on the evening of April 14, 1912, the night the Titanic sunk.

SheKnows brings you this exclusive look back at the making of the famous love story as the cast and director James Cameron get ready for the film’s rerelease in 3D on April 4.

“It was very difficult because the ship went down at night,” says Kathy Bates who plays Molly Brown, an outspoken passenger on the ship. And, then there was the water work. “It was cold sea water,” says actor Billy Zane who plays Cal Hockley, the confident rich passenger and future husband of Rose. He recalls losing a pound of flesh while filming. Easy way to slim down!

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Titanic is the story of a modern-day treasure hunter who uncovers the wreckage of the famed boat that hit an iceberg and sunk in a dramatic few hours the night of April 14, 1912. When the treasure hunter, played by Bill Paxton, uncovers a sketch of a nude woman instead of the famed diamond necklace he expects to find, he decides to invite a survivor aboard his ship to hear the story of the night the Titanic went down.

This survivor is an aging woman named Rose, and she proceeds to tell the story of her 17-year-old self, played by Kate Winslet, boarding the ship in First Class when it disembarked from England. From there, she recounts a sweeping love story about meeting Third Class passenger Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Now, 15 years later, the film is being rereleased in 3D to audiences everywhere on April 4.

The original 1997 release of Titanic grossed more than $1.8 billion at the box office. Made on a budget of $200 million, at the time, it was the most expensive movie ever made. As for the 3D effort being a success, all signs point to this version staying afloat.

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