Building the infamous RMS Titanic took less money that filming the notorious 1997 movie Titanic directed by James Cameron.
The legendary James Cameron’s career was kicked off with his second project as a writer and director – Terminator. He’s the man standing behind iconic titles such as Aliens, Titanic, Avatar and Piranha: 2. One of the main reasons his movies are legendary is because he puts lots of efforts into making them box-office smashers. Let’s take Titanic for example – a little-known fact about the 1997 movie is that the filming process cost more than the building process of the actual RMS Titanic.
Back in early 1900s when the infamous ship was constructed it cost £1.5 million (nearly $7.5 in USD at that time). If you take the inflation into consideration, that will make somewhere between $120 and $150 million in 1997 USD. However, James Cameron’s Titanic cost the producers a total of whopping $200 million back in 1997!
Here are a few more interesting facts about how exactly Titanic’s budget became so large:
Eric Braeden’s very last scene (the actor, who portrayed the business magnate John Jacob Astor IV) was filmed with nearly 120 tons of water. It was triple the amount of water that was initially planned, and Braeden was utterly terrified before they filmed it, since he didn’t get to have any physical rehearsals.
The scenes, in which tons of frozen passengers are floating in the ocean, were shot in a water tank filled with 350,000 gallons of water. Tons of special wax and powder were applied to the actors so they would end up with that wet and frozen looks on their hair, faces and bodies.