James Cameron Has One Massive Regret About 'Titanic'

He offended people, and he knows it.

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Titanic is celebrating its 20th birthday (literally, how are we so old), and James Cameron is opening up about one of the regrets he had about the way he told the story. And no, shockingly said regret isn't to do with that SHAM of a raft that Rose refused to share with Jack, causing him to die a watery death of doom and despair.

But anyway. Apparently, Cameron received some backlash over his portrayal of real-life characters, especially William McMaster Murdoch, who he decided to have shoot someone before killing himself. There's no historical basis to this sequence of events, and no, Murdoch's family wasn't thrilled.

"In the case of First Officer William McMaster Murdoch, I took the liberty of showing him shoot somebody and then shoot himself," Cameron said during Sunday night's National Geographic’s Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron. "He's a named character; he wasn't a generic officer. We don’t know that he did that, but you know the storyteller in me says, 'Oh.' I start connecting the dots: he was on duty, he's carrying all this burden with him, made him an interesting character."

He continued, "But I was being a screenwriter. I wasn’t thinking about being a historian, and I think I wasn’t as sensitive about the fact that his family, his survivors might feel offended by that and they were."


Mehera Bonner
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.