Hours before Tuesday’s premiere of Titanic 3D at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Nick Watt of ABC News corralled director James Cameron and some of the film’s original cast – including Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, Frances Fisher and Suzy Amis – to remember their experiences filming the Oscar-winning blockbuster.
Fifteen years and more than $1.8 billion in worldwide box office later, few moviegoers likely recall that the original Titanic was expected to be a commercial failure when it arrived in theaters. “In post-production, the only possibility we could cling to is that it might actually be a good film,” Cameron told Watt.
Perhaps the greatest perception issue Titanic faced, though, is doubt over whether audiences would turnout for a movie with an ending already etched in history. Watch above to watch the full segment from Good Morning America and hear from Cameron on how the film’s structure turns that perceived weakness into its greatest strength.