With Titanic ready to set sail in theaters on April 15 for the first time since 1997, director James Cameron had been said to have refrained from making any changes to the international mega-blockbuster aside from converting it to (reportedly very well done) 3D. That would put him in a decidedly different camp than some of his revisionist peers like George Lucas and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Steven Spielberg. But, according to The Telegraph, Cameron's hands aren't exactly clean. The visionary director and deep sea explorer did change one scene in the new cut of the film in response to years of playful pestering by famed astronomer and science advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The scene in question takes place late in the film when Kate Winslet's Rose Calvert is drifting on a piece of plywood beneath the night sky. Tyson has repeatedly criticized the scene, both in publicized comments and to Cameron's face, for being inaccurate. The stars, he says, would not have been positioned in the sky as depicted on that fateful night in 1912.
Cameron, a Titanic obsessive and a nut for accuracy, reportedly asked Tyson to send him a more realistic star map for the date, and has since used it to update the film.
So there you have it. James Cameron did (ever-so-slightly) re-edit Titanic re-release, but we're guessing there are exactly two people who will notice the difference.
[via The Telegraph]