New Delhi: As we know the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic completes 101 years on Monday. On April 15, 1912, the gigantic Titanic hit the iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean at 11.40 pm and less than three hours later, the entire ship had sunk. More than 1500 people lost their lives in this hideously incident. The ship was on its maiden voyage from England to New York.

And James Cameron recreated the classic magic of this unsinkable ship on 70 mm in 1997. Though this movie left audience teary-eyed with its magnanimous screen experience and bagged superlative 12 Academy Awards, like other movies, this movie was also riddled with goofs.

Unknown facts about Titanic movie:

-    The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey, but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.

-    Before announcing development of this film, director James Cameron shot footage of icebergs off the coast of Nova Scotia under the pretense of making a film titled "Planet Ice".

-    For some wreck interior shots, a set was constructed and submerged.

-    Most of the decor on the ship was either reconstructed by or under the supervision of researchers of the White Star Line, the original company which constructed and furnished the Titanic.

-    James Cameron went on the dives to the real Titanic himself, and found it an overwhelming emotional experience to actually see it. He ended up spending more time with the ship than its living passengers did.

-    During the sinking of the actual Titanic, there was concern that the davits might not be strong enough to lower the boats fully loaded, although they had in fact been tested under such a weight. The davits in the film, which can be seen flexing under the weight, were made under the same dimensions as originally designed by the White Star Line.

-    Most of the ocean which extras were jumping into was 3 feet deep.

-    When the scene where a wall of water bursts through a doorway was first shot, James Cameron said that the 40,000 gallons of water dumped into the corridor set were not enough, and asked for triple that amount.

The set had to be rebuilt to stand up under the additional weight of water.

-    James Cameron was adamant about not including any song 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.

-    Gloria Stuart, being only 86, was aged by makeup to play Rose at age 101. She did not find this a pleasant experience.

-    After filming, the remains of the full-size set were sold as scrap metal.


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