They say actors really have to get into the skin of their characters so that they can do a believable job of playing them. And that applies whether an actor is playing a good guy or a bad guy. Well we’d say that Billy Zane is still a little too into his character from Titanic, and he was definitely not a good dude.
If you’ll recall, Zane played Rose’s fiancé Cal — the rich, entitled due who tried to kill Leo when the ship was going down. Not a good dude indeed.
Still, Zane obviously found a way to sympathize with him. Because nearly 20 years after that movie first came out, he’s still defending Cal. In fact, not only is he defending him, but he’s now saying that the 1997 movie should have had an alternative ending — one where Rose ended up with Cal in the long run.
“I think he found redemption by the end. I wish he had found her on the Carpathia and was able to right his wrongs,” Zane told the Today show, pointing out that his character wasn’t the iceberg and he didn’t kill all those people personally.
We don’t buy it. In fact, this alternative ending is a whole bunch of “nope” as far as we’re concerned. Besides, has Zane forgotten about the fact that he framed Jack for stealing that necklace? Or that he treated Rose like garbage? Or how about the fact the he used someone else’s kid to save himself when the ship was going down?!
Sorry Billy. You were great at playing the bad guy, but that’s what Cal was. Rose was meant to be with Jack… or at least she would have been, had they managed to somehow share that piece of wood or find themselves a bigger raft.
But hey, we suppose someone has to represent Cal. Good on Zane for doing so.