As if a 3D version of “Titantic” wasn’t nerdy enough, acclaimed director James Cameron made the nerdiest change of all time for the reboot of the “classic” film.
“Titanic” was a blockbusting tearjerker of titanic proportions when it premiered in 1997, and it helped catapult both Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio to international stardom.
But Cameron, a self-described perfectionist, didn’t quite think the Academy Award winning film was good enough — so he made one change in a certain scene that only the nerdiest of fans are likely to notice. Cameron told the UK magazine Culture:
Oh, there is one shot that I fixed. It’s because Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the U.S.’ leading astronomers, sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen, and with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in.
So I said, ‘All right, you son of a bitch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.’ So that’s the one shot that has been changed.
But if you are one of the people who actually noticed this discrepancy in the 1997 version (ahem, “Avatar” fans) may we strongly suggest that you join an intramural soccer league or something?