I can't answer that question. There are many considerations that go into casting a role. I can relate what I have observed along the way, but I can't speculate on what someone might have been thinking.
I met Bill Paxton once when he came by Cameron's office to take Jim to lunch. Bill Sauder, Ken Marschall and I were briefing Jim on potential dive targets (this was just before the 2001 expedition) and Paxton stuck around to listen to what we had to say. Afterward, Paxton told us that he admired the wealth of information that we Titanic historians had accumulated and was interested in learning as much as he could about the ship, and not just for his role as Brock. He seemed to be a very likeable person and I'm glad that he had the opportunity to dive on the wreck. He's now one of the few actors who have actually gotten to live a role he played.
I can't say if he really is or isn't, but I can tell you that it takes more than a passing interest or even a movie role for a family man to volunteer to climb into a Russian submersible and dive 2 miles down to a wreck site.
Parks, how about Lewis Abernathy? I noticed in the book that he evidently hatched the scheme to rescue Elwood, but did he have any particular dive experience or interest in the Titanic that influenced Cameron to bring him along in the first place?
Lewis was a personal friend of Cameron's before the 1997 film. I spent some time with Lewis before the 2001 expedition, answering questions in areas that Jim had given him to research. I can't speak for how much interest Lewis has in Titanic, but I know that he took his tasking seriously. For that matter, everybody I met at Earthship took the subject seriously. I don't think that Cameron would have anyone on his staff who wasn't, but that was just my impression.
I'm not aware of any previous dive experience that Lewis had prior to 2001, but that's not to say that he didn't have any.
So your saying that you were trying to be cast as Brock Lovett in Titanic? I dont really understand. Im sorry. In real life, Paxton is a Titanic fan? Thats cool. Are you a personal friend of Camerons?
I don't know what I said that caused you to think that I was trying to be cast as Brock Lovett. I was not involved with the production of "Titanic" (1997) at all. I am also not an actor.
I did meet a lot of the people involved with "Titanic" when I acted as advisor on Cameron's "Ghosts of the Abyss" documentary. The entire time that I was involved with that production, I kept my eyes and ears open so that I could learn about the movie business and about the personalities who brought Cameron's 1997 film to the screen. I found it a fascinating learning experience and I consider myself much wiser than I was before I was invited to work with Cameron...not only about the movie business, but also about Titanic. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't be working on a book right now if it wasn't for him.
I had the opportunity before the 2001 expedition and later during the filming of GotA to work closely with Jim Cameron. From that vantage point, I was able to observe some of his daily routine, but I do not presume to know the man intimately or have an understanding of his entire personality. We enjoyed a mutaully friendly and respectful working relationship, but that doesn't necessarily qualify me as a "personal friend." I hope that one day we can work together again, but there are no guarantees.
I don't know how dedicated Bill Paxton is to the subject of Titanic. I know that he took the subject very seriously when he was involved. How much he has pursued the subject since, I have no idea.
So what your saying is you know Cameron and you worked on a few things with him. That is so cool. I would do anything to meet Jim Cameron. I know every single line of Titanic. Its crazy! LoL Anyway, I dont mean to be nosey but is your book about the Titanic? Do you know if Cameron is coming out with any new movies?
My book is about Titanic's wireless telegraph apparatus. Cameron's 2001 discovery of the transmitting apparatus in the Silent Room filled in some key pieces of the puzzle that had kept wireless historians guessing for the past 90 years. I performed the forensic analysis on that section of the wreck, and there is so much information there that I felt that it needed to be made publically available. The book is going to be published by a small concern that specialises in the history of media, to include telegraphy, and I only foresee 500 copies being printed. The text will be geared toward the technical, with little of the human story involved. The real value will be in the illustrations, which will fully and accurately re-create Titanic's Marconi rooms, thanks largely to the information that Cameron brought back with him. This is not an effort that is going to make me any money; in fact, sales of the book probably won't even cover the costs I incurred pulling the book together.
I saw in the news recently that Cameron is working on another feature film, his first since "Titanic." I heard that it will be a sci-fi film...beyond that, I know nothing. The reason why I paid attention to the news story is because this means that there's little chance that he will revisit the Titanic wreck site this year.
I will certainly put the word out. I am currently scheduled in the publisher's queue for an Autumn 2004 printing. Originally, it was scheduled to be this Spring, but this past year I learned how to do my own CGI (courtesy of GotA) and that changed the whole character of the book.
Same here! Robert was quite interested in what you explained to him at the book signing. He stated that it cleared up allot of questions he had always been curious about...
It will be a nice addition! Looking forward to it!