James Cameron’s Titanic obsession revealed mistakes in the movie

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If blockbuster director and submariner James Cameron has learned one thing from his undersea adventures, it's that his most popular film "Titanic" is full of minor mistakes and errors.

Since shooting the big boat movie in 1997, Cameron has traveled to the wreck of the real Titanic numerous times in deep-sea submersibles and has become something of an expert underwater explorer. Cameron's exploration of the wreck site has helped further our understanding of what happened on that fateful April night in 1912, but it also showed the director that he got many small details wrong about the look and feel of the ship.

"We found places where the set was wrong . . . a little bit," Cameron told ABC's "Nightline." "This was wrong, that was wrong. There was glass missing from a door or stuff like that."

Hindsight, as they say, is everything. If there's one lesson to be learned from Cameron, it's that having access to a deep-water submersible will really help the accuracy of your film.

Perhaps it's those small details that get lost when you're as busy as Cameron is. In addition to diving to the deepest point on Earth just this week and remastering "Titanic" in 3D, Cameron has helped put together a documentary for National Geographic titled "Titanic: The Final Word," to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

The director assembled a team of experts to painstakingly examine just how the enormous ship came to sink. What did they learn? Computer simulations told Cameron's team that the Titanic didn't sink exactly the way he described it in the film.

Always the perfectionist, Cameron admitted that he was tempted to correct some of these minor inaccuracies in the 3D re-release of "Titanic," but decided against it for fear that his obsession would get the best of him. (Was that a shot across the bow of notorious "Star Wars" tinkerer George Lucas?)

Given Cameron's expertise in the fields of filmmaking and shipwrecks, the director can most definitely be forgiven for a little artistic license. And in the grand scheme of things, what's a little thing like getting a door wrong when you're a successful billionaire explorer like Cameron?

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