The Conspiracy instead of Jack & Rose in Cameron's movie

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Steven Hall

What I still find interesting is when you talk to the average individual about Titanic, 1 out of every 10 say they believe it could be the Olympic. When I was selling UFTM photographs back before the movie actually came out, the most popular photograph purchased was the one showing the Olympic & Titanic together.
People on all the boards fly off into a rage when the theory is ever forwarded, yet the 1 in 10 people whom (I come into contact with) still consider it as a possibility continues to still bring me up short. It’s like a feeding frenzy when some poor novice dares enter the internet arena and presents his opinion.
I wonder if Cameron ever considered the conspiracy for the core of his movie instead of our darlings Jack & Rose.
In the end, which would have been better.
I've found the same thing. The swap story is surprisingly widely known among the legions of the ignorami. I can only put it down to the wide publicity given to Gardiner & Van der Vat's first book and its presence in libraries. I fear that very few read it all the way to the end, where they admit the swap never happened.

I should think Cameron didn't even give it a thought. He was trying to film a drama, not a farce.
The problem really is that those who did finish the first book may then very well go on to read the second (this one a solo effort by Gardiner) as well. Here, the swap theory is taken to a whole bigger dimension than the first, in a manner which can be pretty damned convincing for those who don't know any better. Sigh.

I think Cameron knows more than enough about the subject to even contemplate for a moment that the silent hulk resting on the seabed is actually the Olympic.
A much as Cameron has studied the wreck first hand, you can bet he knows the differences between the Titanic and the Olympic down to some pretty fine details.
Although it's obviously a crock of fertilizer, you've got to admit the switching Olympic w/ Titanic for insurance purposes certainly adds a whole new twist to the story....Well at least if you've got the brains of a turnip.
It also adds a whole new dimension to shooting yourself in the foot - considering the ships were grossly under-insured and White Star carried three quarters ( I think) of the risk itself! The average turnip probably wouldn't go around deliberately killing its paying customers, either...
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