James Cameron doesn't want to hear about how Leonardo DiCaprio could've fit on that door at the end of Titanic
James Cameron doesn’t care about your theories on how Jack could’ve survived Titanic.
The Oscar-winning director, 64, took part in BBC’s running series Movies That Made Me, where, of course, his 1997 epic blockbuster hit Titanic came up. When the conversation turned to the debate on whether Leonardo DiCpario’s Jack could’ve fit on the life-saving door next to Kate Winslet’s Rose, Cameron got a little heated.
“I’ve never really seen it as a debate, it’s just stupid,” Cameron said, causing BBC Radio 1’s Film Critic Ali Plumb to laugh. “There’s no debate. But if you really want to unearth all the dumbass arguments associated with it.”
He continued, “I mean, let’s go back to, could Romeo have been smart and not taken the poison? Yes. Could he have decided not to bring his little dagger just in case Juliet might stab herself with it? Yes, absolutely. It sort of misses the point.”
“It’s called,” Plumb said before Cameron finished “writing,” and the two shared a laugh.
The pair then discussed DiCaprio’s iconic “I’m the king of the world” scene, which Plumb called “amazing.”
“The way he sells it, yes,” Cameron responded, alluding to the funny and slightly cringeworthy moment where he repeated it after winning the Best Director Oscar in 1998. “Apparently that is the difference between myself and Leonardo. He was able to sell the line.”
Cameron explained that the line was “made up on the spot” while filming because they were having trouble finding something that stuck.
“I was in a crane basket and we were losing the light…and nothing was really working,” he recalled. “I literally was coming up snake eyes and I said, ‘Alright, I got one for you — just say I’m the king of the world. Just spread your arms out wide and just be in the moment and just love it.’ And he goes, ‘What?’ “
After a back and forth on the walkie-talkie with DiCaprio, who remained unconvinced by the line, Cameron finally told him to just go for it.
” ‘Just f—- sell it!’ ” Cameron recalled saying with a laugh.