James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ Movie Mistake

by | April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM | In Theaters, Movies

Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Cameron (Photo: Paramount)

Despite what loyal “Titanic” fans may believe, the original version of the film isn’t entirely perfect.

Director James Cameron, notorious for his excruciating attention to detail, admits he did make one mistake in the 1997 release, but feels audiences won’t notice the change in the 3D reboot.

“Oh, there is one shot that I fixed,” Cameron revealed to Britain’s Culture magazine. “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.”

Cameron added, “So I said, ‘All right, you son of a [expletive], 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.”

The director had previously vowed to leave the 11-time Oscar-winner’s plot and characters untouched, and promised fans he would maintain the integrity of the original throughout the entire 3D remake.

“It has to be done right. Didn’t change a frame. The ship still sinks. Jack still dies,” Cameron said in an interview with “Nightline.” ”There was a moment when I thought fleetingly I could correct the film and actually have it match what Titanic really looked like.”

But after thinking long and hard about the ramifications of making major edits, Cameron quickly changed his decision, “Another part of my mind said, no, then you’re going be a nutter standing on the street corner babbling away.”

You can catch “Titanic 3D” in theaters today… complete with a perfect night sky.


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