Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson confronted James Cameron about his 1997 film, Titanic, pointing out a major cosmological continuity error. 10 years later, the changes were corrected!
Astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, is no stranger to taking to social media to point out flaws in major Hollywood blockbuster movies. But his first attempt came to him as quite a surprise way back in 1997.
The movie of the year was James Cameron's Titanic but Neil was late to go see it. On one of the last days the film was shown in the cinema, Neil decided to give it a watch. He was astonished by the level of detail and historic accuracy the movie portrayed, and took his hat off to James Cameron. However, right at the end of the movie, Niel nearly fell off his chair as he spotted a simple, yet highly unacceptable error!
In the scene where the character, Rose, was floating on the water on a wooden door, she looks up to the night sky. As it turns out, that sky shot and stars were completely wrong for that time, location and date. Even more worryingly, the night scene was made from two mirror images of each other!
Niel explains just how simple it would have been to find out what the sky would have looked like that fateful night, and he was amazed at how they missed that in a movie with such attention to detail.
However, 10 years later, Niel DeGrasse Tyson received a call from the post-production artist at James Cameron's studio. They explained that they will be releasing a Titanic Centenary Edition of the film, which would include some never before seen footage and some minor changes. The main one being the night sky shot, and asked if Neil would be of assistance.
Take a look at the video below by the YouTube channel, St Petersburg College, on Neil deGrasse Tyson - Titanic 3D and Cameron "Wrong Sky".