Titanic’s ‘awful’ alternative ending resurfaces as fans ‘wish they never saw it’
A resurfaced clip showing an alternative ending to Titanic has gone viral as fans said it “would have absolutely ruined the film for me”.
If you need a quick refresher, the 1997 films shows treasure hunter Brock Lovett searching the wreckage of the ship in the hope of finding a necklace nicknamed ‘The Heart of the Ocean’.
He ropes in Rose Dawson Calvert, hoping she can lead him to the jewel, but she secretly has it in her possession all along, dropping it into the ocean just as poor Brock abandons his search.
But it may not have ended that way after a second option filmed by the cast and crew was shared on Twitter, leaving fans arguing they “wish they never saw it”.
Rather than sneaking away to throw the necklace into the ocean, Rose is caught red-handed by Brock, who desperately begs her to let him hold it.
Rose allows it, but delivers a brilliant cliché line, telling him: “You look for treasure in the wrong places, Mr Lovett. Only life is priceless, and making each day count.” How moving.
She then pulls the necklace from his grasp, and maintains bizarre eye contact with him as she tosses the jewel over her shoulder into the water as she makes an excited squeaking noise.
At this point a member of Brock’s team screams “that really sucks, lady!” at the fragile old woman, Brock breaks into some weird manic laughter to hide his pain and then asks Rose’s granddaughter to dance. It’s all very odd.
The clip was tweeted by @Patbrennan88, where it’s racked up more than 1.2 million views, as he said: “The alternate ending to Titanic is hilarious. This would have absolutely ruined the film for me.”
And it turns out he wasn’t the only one left less than impressed, as one person commented to say: “I… I wish I never saw this.”
A second wrote: “The squeak she makes when she throws it overboard.”
And a third replied: “The only way this could’ve been worse is if there was a shot of the jewellery reaching the bottom of the ocean and landing in the hand of a skeleton wearing Jack’s clothes.”
A fourth said: “That was really awful. Part of what makes the existing ending work is that she kept the diamond all those years and nobody else knew. Without her secret intact, it opens the story up again when it needs to be closed. Cameron definitely made the correct choice.”
And another pointed out a flaw in the plot, writing: “Well, the thing would have sunk to the bottom, they have submersibles, I’m sure one of them would have just gone down there and gotten it.”
But others enjoyed the scene, as one asked: “What’s wrong with it?”
In the end, it was left on the cutting room floor and the film picked up 11 Oscars – tying the record for the most won by a single film – proving they probably went with the right one in the end.