The steps Winslet was standing on were made of wood, so they rose along with the water. When the scene was over, the crew and cast were let out, but Winslet’s jacket got caught on the iron bars. The actress told the Los Angeles Times she felt like she would “burst” because she had no breath left.
The Academy Award winning actress was almost not cast as the leading lady. Director James Cameron was initially looking at Reese Witherspoon and Winona Ryder for the role. Cameron said Winslet was determined to play Kate and said ”You are really mad if you don’t cast me,” according to an interview Cameron gave to Express.
For decades, Titanic fans have been perplexed by that door scene after all. Was there really not enough room on the door for two? Why did Jack have to die?
“The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down,” said Cameron.