Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The secret story behind Titanic's king-of-the-world scene

Fifteen years after "Titanic" was released and 100 years after the sinking of the ship, James Cameron’s masterpiece starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio is being re-released in 3D this week. We caught up with the cast of "Titanic" to talk about introducing the film to a new generation, what it was like to wear those constricting costumes, and how the "I'm the king of the world" scene came about. FYI: It was not in the script!

“Titanic” is the second-highest-grossing movie of all time, the first being Cameron’s “Avatar.” Throngs of moviegoers waited hours on line to see it back in 1997 and Cameron is hoping that with this release a whole new generation, which has been able to watch Rose fall for Jack only on their TV or computer, will savor the new opportunity.

Winslet herself is excited to take her own children to see the remastered film which she describes as, “overwhelming in all the right ways.” One iconic scene where DiCaprio and Winslet are leaning into the wind on the ship’s bow looks particularly majestic in 3D.

The scene was shot about nine times to capture the best possible light and camera angles. While the lenses were trained on his two stars and Cameron watched from below, the director had an idea. He radioed to DiCaprio to try out a new line: “I’m the king of the world!” It was a spontaneous piece of dialogue that he wasn’t sure would work. Little did he know it would become one of the film’s signature moments. “I said, 'Leo, in the next take just say that because that's what you feel like. You don’t have a dime in your pocket,'” recalls Cameron, “'but you’re the king of the world.'”

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