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25 years after Titanic: the true story of Jack Dawson, a forbidden love and the origin of the most famous phrase Although the character was created by James Cameron, there was a sailor who worked on the ship with the same last name as the young man played by Leonardo Dicaprio. His grave is next to 121 other victims of the shipwreck in Scotland

25 years after Titanic: the true story of Jack Dawson, a forbidden love and the origin of the most famous phrase Although the character was created by James Cameron, there was a sailor who worked on the ship with the same last name as the young man played by Leonardo Dicaprio.  His grave is next to 121 other victims of the shipwreck in Scotland

On April 14, 1912, the ocean liner hit an iceberg and sank into the ocean. She had 2,223 people on board, including Joseph Dawson.

On December 19, 1997, the film was released in the United States. Titanics, which tells the tragic story of the ocean liner. Due to its cost, it was said that it would become the biggest flop in the history of cinema, however, it became exactly the opposite.

The leading couple, played by Kate Winslet Y Leonardo Dicapriobecame an icon, the film raised 2,187 million dollarsthe song of celine dion was replicated for months on all the radios and the film won 11 Oscars.

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Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in one of the most emblematic scenes of Titanic and in the history of cinema
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in one of the most emblematic scenes of Titanic and in the history of cinema

One of the biggest attractions of the story was its mixture of fantasy with reality, something that the director james cameron he knew how to take advantage of it very well by interspersing true data with fictional ones. For example, Harold Godfrey Lowe (Ion Gruffud), is the officer who saves Rose and the only one who returns to look for survivors. His attitude is totally true even though in the real story he was only able to rescue four people. Another true and somewhat chilling piece of information reflected in the film is that the ship, despite the fact that it had the capacity to 64 lifeboatsI only had 16 built in wood. This allowed only half of the passengers to be evacuated in case of an emergency, as it finally happened.

Between what was fantasy and what was reality, viewers wondered if DiCaprio’s character was true. james cameron He took it upon himself to clarify that it had been created just for the movie. Nevertheless, when collating the list of passengers it was discovered that there was not a Jack but yes a Joseph Dawson.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rose and Jack in Titanic
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rose and Jack in Titanic

as discovered National Geographic, Joseph Dawson was born in September of the year 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Patrick Dawson and Catherine Madden. The family was completed with Maggie, the youngest sister who was born in 1892.

At age 19, Joseph joined the army, but in the medical corps. He first worked in the military hospital Royal Victoria Hospital, near Southampton, England. Then he was transferred to another in Hampshire. He served three years and on July 20, 1911 he joined the reserve forces. Returning to Southampton he heard about the giant ocean liners offering big pay and decided to look for work in the maritime industry. A workers register indicates that he was part of the crew on the British ocean liner Majestic.

A portrait of Joseph Dawson
A portrait of Joseph Dawson

After the Majestic, this boy who was known to be 1.75. he weighed 65 kilos, had brown hair, dark eyes and a small scar on his forehead on the left side, he got a job on another ship: the titanica. Some sources say that his task was to transfer the coal to the workers who were in the ovens. In addition, he controlled that the coal piles were distributed correctly so that the ship maintained its balance.

When the impact occurred, apparently the young man managed to take his personal bag and his identification card where he appeared as J Dawson. However, he failed to save his life. His body was recovered and buried at Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, along with 121 other victims of the shipwreck. For years, his grave was forgotten, but with the premiere of the film, dozens of people came to the place. Seeing the tombstone with the inscription “J. Dawson” immediately associated him with the DiCaprio character and began leaving flowers for him. The enthusiasm for that tomb was such that the producers came out to clarify that Jack It had nothing to do with the young man buried there, but it didn’t matter.

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Dawson is one of 121 Titanic passengers buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  They are not the only victims: her tombstone bears 227 because that was the body number recovered (Wikipedia)
Dawson is one of 121 Titanic passengers buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They are not the only victims: her tombstone bears 227 because that was the body number recovered (Wikipedia)

Although the love story Jack Dawson Y Rose DeWitt Bukater did not exist, there was a similar love story. It was the one they lived Madeleine Astor Y Emilio Portaluppi. He was an Italian mason who lived in New York. In his field, he had become quite well known because he had made the reliefs of the imposing building of the Stock Exchange of that city. After that job, with the money he earned, he decided to visit his family in Italy. He did so and when he finished the visit, in times without planes, he decided to return to the United States on the ship Oceanic II. But a telegram changed her plans and his fate.

The message had been sent to him by one of the richest men at the time, John Jacob Astor IV, war hero, owner of a hotel chain and several companies. The tycoon was returning to the United States after a vacation in Egypt with his wife, Madeleine Talmage Astor and asked Portaluppi to join them on the journey. He wanted to hire him to make some statues for his villa in Newport. To convince him, he proposed to travel on the most imposing and modern ship of that time: the titanica. Astor IV got Portaluppi a second-class ticket for which he paid 12 liras and then paid the 247 liras that the first-class ticket cost.

So far, just the story of one man hiring another. But it seems, Talmage was the one who convinced the husband to summon and above all invite them to share a trip with the Italian. The woman had met Portaluppi in New York and both were secretly in love. In the interviews that the Italian gave a long time later, he gave clues about a platonic but also fleeting love.

The film managed to recreate the tragic story of the Titanic
The film managed to recreate the tragic story of the Titanic

What is known is that on April 14, 1912, the same night that the ocean liner would crash into the iceberg, at the invitation of the Astors, Portaluppi, the second-class passenger, dined with the first-class passengers.

When the ship began to sink, according to Portaluppi in DiscoveryNewsjumped into the sea, swam to a large piece of floating ice and managed to stay afloat until rescued. Another version, less probable, assures that he managed to get into a lifeboat, but fell into the water and swam for two hours until he was rescued. This version originates from the fact that in his lawsuit against the owners of the ship, he assured: “I was in the water of the Atlantic Ocean for more than two hours, suffering unbearable pain in my body and mental agony, and they have caused me and will cause me great pain. pain and suffering”. Portaluppi saved her life, as did Talmage, but not her husband who died in the tragedy.

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Although this story may have been taken up by Cameron, he never admitted it. What the director did recognize is that many of the characteristics of the character of Rosetook them not from Talmage but from Beatrice Woodan abstract and avant-garde painter, who never went up to the titanicabut whose autobiography he read when he was envisioning the film.

A Joseph who turned out to be Jack, a real love that could have inspired an unreal one, 25 years after the premiere of titanica, unknown details of the film continue to be known. For many years it was ensured that Leonardo DiCaprio became Jack after Matthew McConaughey turned down the role but the latter confessed on the podcast Rob Lowe’s Literally! that although he gave a very good test, he was never summoned. “I auditioned, I wanted to be in that movie no matter what. I got to do a test with Kate Winslet, which went very well. So much so that, when I went home, I was convinced that the role was mine. But it wasn’t like that, they never offered it to me. As I have said before, if one day I find out that they made me that offer and nobody told me, I will go back to the agency that represented me at that time so that the agent who was taking me meets me in an alley”, It ended more seriously than jokingly.

James Cameron directed the tragic love story of Jack and Rose aboard a ship that seemed indestructible
James Cameron directed the tragic love story of Jack and Rose aboard a ship that seemed indestructible

Another detail that was known a while ago is that Jack’s famous phrase that fans of the movie repeat more than once, whether on top of a boat or a cruise ship, was not in the script but was an occurrence of its director. . “He was sitting on a crane and there was less and less light. We had tried many phrases, but none of them workedCameron recalled on the show. Movies That Made Mefrom the British television channel BBC. “I thought, ‘I already have it.’ I asked Leo to say, ‘I am the king of the world,’ hold out his arms for a few seconds, and celebrate the moment.”

DiCaprio found the director’s suggestion somewhat cheesy, almost ridiculous, but obediently asked him to repeat what he should do. He heard the request again and was still not convinced but Cameron asked him: “Do it like a motherfucker and that’s it”. The actor obeyed and he did it so well that he achieved a moment that was recorded in all the spectators who saw the film. And if not, remember, reader, the time you climbed into that rowing boat or climbed onto the balcony railing watching a sunset, you did not shout loudly and even if you felt ridiculous: “I am the king of the world”.

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