A deleted scene from the third act of Titanic would have completely changed the way audiences viewed the film’s villain, Cal Hockley.
The main antagonist of Titanic was Rose’s fiancé, Cal Hockley, who was at the center of a deleted scene that would have changed the way audiences view him. In 1997, James Cameron surprised critics and viewers with a film very different from what he had done before and from the kind of projects he is best known for: Titanica disaster drama that, at the time of its release, was the most expensive film ever made and went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time for many, many years.
Based on the real-life tragedy of the RMS Titanic in 1912, Cameron’s Titanic tells the story of Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), two passengers of opposite social classes who fall in love aboard the ship on its ill-fated maiden voyage. Over the course of four days, Jack and Rose meet, fall in love, and fight to defend their relationship against those who despise it, all while struggling to survive once the ship begins to sink. Because sinking the Titanic isn’t enough, Jack and Rose must also protect themselves from Cal Hockley (Billy Zane), Rose’s fiancé who isn’t going to let her go with a third-class passenger.
Rose arrives at the Titanic with Cal and his mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater (Frances Fisher), while Jack wins his ticket in a game of poker minutes before the Titanic departs. Their different social statuses are reason enough for Cal to dislike Jack, but that only grows once Jack saves Rose from jumping ship and is then invited to dine with them in the first class dining room, which serves as a bonding experience. for Rose and Jack. Cal’s pride and arrogance is such that he even tries to kill Jack and Rose while the Titanic is sinking, but a deleted scene would have changed the way Cal is perceived as it would have humanized him a bit after the sinking of the Titanic. ship.
Cal survived the sinking of the Titanic by posing as the father of an abandoned child and thereby securing a place in one of the lifeboats, while Rose and Jack fought for their lives, and only Rose survived. was rescued from the ocean a few hours later. Towards the end of Titanic, Rose is seen in the RMS Carpathia with the rest of the rescued passengers, where she has changed her name to “Rose Dawson”, and she only mentions Cal when telling Lovett and company that she heard he s committed suicide in 1929. Cal is briefly seen in the Carpathians looking casually for Rose, but an extended version of it hints that he is genuinely concerned about the fate of his fiancée. The deleted scene shows Ruth looking for Rose in the Carpathians, then Cal as well, who is relieved to see a red-haired woman he believes to be Rose, but wasn’t. This brief moment shows that Cal cared for Rose, but unfortunately his pride and jealousy outweighed his love and care for her.
Watching the whole scene at Carpathia at the end of Titanic, it’s understandable that various parts of it were cut, as they got in the way of the film’s pacing, and seeing a sensitive side of Cal so late in the film would have completely ruined his villainous image. Cal Hockley was cruel and his actions against Rose and Jack are unjustifiable, so it was for the best that a little “softer” side of him at the end of Titanic was cut.
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