The director admits he had no intention of making an epic when he set out to film Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 movie-he just wanted to make enough money to go on a dream dive.
He tells Playboy magazine, "I made Titanic because I wanted do dive to the shipwreck, not because I particularly wanted to make the movie.
"The Titanic was the Mount Everest of shipwrecks, and, as a diver, I wanted to do it right.
"When I learned some other guys had dived to the Titanic to make an IMAX (jumblo-screen) movie, I said. 'I'II make a Hollywood movie to pay for an expedition to do the same thing.'
"Titanic was about 'f**k you money'. It came along at a point in my life when I said, 'I can make movies until I'm 80, but I can't do expedition stuff when I'm 80.""
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