[Repost from my Facebook Notes. It’s important to note that Kate Winslet’s my favorite actress of all time. I was introduced to her in Titanic, like most people, but I didn’t become a hardcore fan until I saw Eternal Sunshine in 2005. Since then, I’ve seen almost every movie she’s ever been in. That being said…]
I really don’t have time for this, but I need to take a break from work. And I fully admit that my writing style isn’t up to par with my usual work, but I’m tired and this is facebook, it doesn’t matter. You may already know what the subject is. Remember that article from a few weeks ago about how that Celine Dion Titanic song makes Kate Winslet want to throw up? I’ve been wanting to share my opinions on that for a while now, especially since people have been coming out of the woodwork and criticizing Kate for those remarks. I want to look at this from a different perspective. Brace yourself, a long opinion is coming:
On the set of Titanic, James Cameron was adamant about Kate not wearing a wetsuit underneath her dress b/c it would “show through the chiffon,” which… no it wouldn’t have, there were a number of different ways to get around that if it really was an issue. Anyway, as a result of Kate not wearing a wetsuit, she was subjected to freezing cold Pacific Ocean (yes, Pacific) water and got a bad case of pneumonia.
In addition to that, Kate almost drowned while filming one of the scenes. Supposedly the coat she was wearing got caught on one of the gates and the water just kept rising and rising and she couldn’t get out. Once it was apparent that she was in danger, James Cameron cut the scene and gave her ONE MINUTE to compose herself. She apparently spent that minute sobbing. To reiterate: SHE ALMOST DROWNED.
She also slipped on the set and chipped her elbow bone. Not as bad as the previous examples, but still rather unpleasant to deal with.
Oh, and my “favorite” one? James Cameron constantly bullied Kate about her weight. He nicknamed her “Kate Weighs-a-Lot” and wouldn’t shut up about how fat she was. Which…YOU MOTHERFU- no Meredith, calm down, you got the point across in those 2 short sentences, no need to rant any further.
Yet through all of this, Kate still put her all into this movie. She was subjected to physical and mental torment for months on end, yet she stuck with it and her performance was fantastic (she was robbed of an Oscar BTW, but don’t get me started on that, DO NOT get me started on that.)
So why am I bringing up all of these instances? Because Kate Winslet was subjected to a lot of bullshit throughout the making of this movie, so I wholeheartedly believe that this GIVES HER THE RIGHT to say whatever she wants about any aspect of Titanic. Whether it be the song, the movie itself, anything, she’s earned the right to complain. If I were her, I’d get sick of the song too.
And to all the people who are saying that Celine Dion is the reason that the movie is famous and that Kate’s movie career wouldn’t have gotten off the ground if it hadn’t been for that song: what a load of bullshit. First of all, her movie career was doing great even before Titanic. She was in movies like Heavenly Creatures, Jude, Hamlet, AND she was nominated for an Oscar for Sense and Sensibility. Even if she had never been in Titanic, her movie career would have been fine IMHO. Obviously she wouldn’t be as well known as she is now if it wasn’t for Titanic, AND Titanic is the reason why she has creative freedom in regard to all of the roles she’s chosen since the film was released. I mean, she admits that herself. But that doesn’t change the fact that she still had a very respectable resume before Titanic and I personally think that she still would have been successful even if she was never in the movie (there’s something else related to this that I’m dying to go into, but I’d go too far off-topic. What I’m thinking of may have to be turned into a proper essay…)
Second of all, that song is NOT the only reason why Titanic was successful. Yes, it added to the success of the movie, but the movie was also successful because of the story, special effects, and the ACTING. Like I said before (did I say it before, hell I don’t know,) Kate is a brilliant actress. KATE WINSLET IS ANOTHER REASON WHY THE MOVIE WAS SO SUCCESSFUL. NOT JUST THE CELINE DION SONG. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE GODDAMMIT.
Basically I’m trying to say this: With everything Kate Winslet had to put up with in regards to Titanic, I firmly believe that she can say whatever the fuck she wants. She’s also earned the right to say what she wants b/c she was a major reason for the movie’s success, not just the song. THERE I’M DONE Thank you and have a good night.
…You thought I was only a nerd about video games and cartoons didn’t you? I’ve had a very deep love and respect for this woman for years, and as a result, I know way more about Kate Winslet than you think…
Endnote: Also, y’know how she said something in the interview like “whenever I’m on a boat, I always say, ‘OK, I know what’s gonna happen. If you have any jokes, get them out of your system now.” If I’m ever lucky enough to be on a boat with her, I’d ask “Is it OK to make jokes about your other movies as long as they’re not about Titanic?” I’d then proceed to quote something really esoteric from Iris. Or I’d tell everyone how I believe Titanic and Revolutionary Road are related with my alternate universe theory. That would depress everyone to the point of never wanting to make a Titanic joke again (I might tell you my theory in a later post…)