If you can believe it, the film Titanic is 20 years old this year. Yeah, we know. It's insane. You may remember the frenzy that surrounded the film back in 1997. People attended screenings multiple times and you couldn't go anywhere without hearing the iconic flutes from "My Heart Will Go On." Now, you may think you know the film like the back of your hand. You can quote every line from "It's been 84 years" to "Rose Dawson," but there are definitely a few things you don't know about the movie. Luckily for you, we've compiled 15 of the most interesting facts on Titanic that the Internet has to offer.
1. James Cameron has joked that his true reason for making the film is that he wanted to visit the actual Titanic shipwreck.
In fact, in order to get footage of the ship’s actual remains, Cameron’s brother and Panavision worked together to create a deep-sea camera system that would allow them to film from outside their submarine.
2. There actually was a Titanic passenger named J. Dawson.
Although Cameron intended Jack and Rose to be completely fictitious, he learned about the real J. Dawson after the script had already been completed.
J. Dawson (actually Joseph Dawson) worked on the ship as a trimmer. He died aboard the Titanic and his body was later recovered and buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Nova Scotia.
3. This couple who shares a heartbreaking kiss was based on real-life couple Ida and Isidor Straus.
They were the owners of Macy’s department store in New York. At one point during the actual Titanic’s sinking, Ida was offered a space on a lifeboat. She refused to board the lifeboat and leave her husband behind, saying, “As we have lived together, so we shall die together.”
4. When Kate Winslet met Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time before shooting, she flashed him.
She knew that she’d have to perform naked in front of him and decided to get any awkwardness out of the way by flashing him immediately.
5. Speaking of that famous drawing scene, this was actually a flubbed line:
Jack was supposed to say, “Lie on that couch.” Instead, he misspoke and said, “Over on the bed…the couch.” Director James Cameron liked the mistake so much that he left it in the film as-is.
Now for a fact about the drawing itself…