James Cameron’s perfectionism reaches new heights

James Cameron made a titanic error in one scene in his much-beloved film — and after being called out by one fanatical viewer, he fixed it for the 3D re-release.

James Cameron

James Cameron has a harsh reputation for perfectionism in his films — but one error in Titanic escaped notice. That is, until the mistake was brought to his attention by one annoying astrophysicist.

Back in 2009 starman Neil deGrasse Tyson voiced his complaint during a panel discussion saying that as Kate Winslet lies on a piece of debris looking up at the night sky, the stars shown are completely wrong. “There she is looking up. There is only one sky she should have been looking at… and it was the wrong sky!” he said.

“Worse than that, it was not only the wrong sky; the left half of the sky was a mirror reflection of the right half of the sky! It was not only wrong, it was lazy! And I’m thinking, ‘This is wrong.'”

Upon the re-release of Titanic 3D, the perfectionist director took the opportunity to correct his mistake.

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“Oh, there is one shot that I fixed,” Cameron explained to U.K. magazine Culture. “It’s because Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the U.S.’ leading astronomers, sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen, and with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in.”

“So I said, ‘All right, you son of a b****, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.’ So that’s the one shot that has been changed.”

Titanic 3D can be seen in theaters this week, correct star pattern and all.

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