A lot of actors and actresses will go through many things when making a film but Kate Winslet has been through a lot. Winslet, who, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, starred in Titanic, definitely did not have it easy during the filming.
It could be easily said that Winslet almost died while being in the James Cameron-directed epic film.
When she did film Titanic, Winslet was 22 years old and the movie was released in 1997. In 2017, for the film’s 20th anniversary, she sat down with Stephen Colbert for an interview. It was a Titanic-centric interview, meaning all his questions were about the movie.
During that interview, Winslet said that she got hypothermia. Colbert said, “You were really cold.” To which Winslet responds, “Yeah, I was really f—ing cold!”
Kate Winslet Suffered Numerous Injuries On Set
Of course, with the movie being about the Titanic, there was a lot of water around. Besides hypothermia, Winslet also contracted the flu and suffered physical injuries.
Winslet went into more detail about her bodily injuries during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I chipped a small bone in my elbow,” she said, “And at one point I had deep bruises all over my arms. I looked like a battered wife. (And) I just slipped on the deck.”
But she also talked about a time when she almost drowned. In the scene that played out, Rose (Winslet) and Jack (DiCaprio) were doing their best to outrun an oncoming wave. This was done while making their way through the ship but ended up facing a closed gate.
When it was opened, Winslet’s long, heavy coat got hung up on that gate. It submerged her beneath rushing waters. “I had to sort of shimmy out of the coat to get free,” Winslet told the Times. “I had no breath left. (And) thought I’d burst. And Jim just said, ‘OK, let’s go again.’”
Tough Filming Schedule Affected Actress
Winslet referred to the very tough, rugged filming schedule as well. She said that they would spend upward of 20 hours on the set sometimes. Winslet also commented on Cameron’s demeanor on set, saying that he had “a temper you wouldn’t believe.”
Now, you might be asking why are the stars of this movie being asked to be in these scenes. Don’t they have stunt doubles? Well, Cameron likes to have a sense of realness on his sets. Therefore, Winslet and DiCaprio pretty much did their own stunts while filming Titanic.
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