At the time of its production, James Cameron’s Titanic was the most expensive film of all time. Because of this, Cameron took some shortcuts to make the film even better, including only casting short extras.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Cameron recounted several “con artists” he used during the filming of the film. Most notable, he revealed, was the fact that they only cast small people as extras to make the actual Titanic set appear even larger.

Another trick: “We only cast short extras so our set seemed larger,” Cameron said. “Anyone over 5’7”, we didn’t cast them. It’s like we gained an extra million dollars in value from the casting.”

Other tactics Cameron used to save tactics included scrapping an entire set they wanted to use and instead opting to only use two sets, one for the scenes in front of the iceberg and one which was tilted at six degrees to replicate the sinking of the Titanic.

The Titanic is still a classic today

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, “Titanic” tells the story of the sinking of the famous RMS Titanic and revolves around the two who fall in love despite their different social status. The film also stars Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Victor Garber and Bill Paxton.

Originally released in 1997, “Titanic” was a huge success from the start, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike. The film was the first film ever to reach the billion dollar mark at the box office and remained the highest-grossing film of all time until Cameron surpassed it in 2009 with another film of his – Avatar.

Nominated for 14 Oscars, “Titanic” tied with 1950’s “All About Eve” for the most Oscar nominations, winning 11 of them, including Best Picture and Best Director. He also tied the record for the most Oscars won by a single film with 1959’s Ben-Hur.

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