Winslet: Jim had reason for temper

Kate Winslet has said James Cameron was justified in losing his temper on the set of Titanic.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker spent years recreating the story of the famous transatlantic liner and its tragic disaster for his record-breaking blockbuster starring Kate and Leonardo DiCaprio. But the production was dogged by rumours of delays, over-running costs and Cameron's temper if things were not perfect.

Kate said: "Yes, it was hard, but no one ever said it was going to be easy. When all the stories started emerging about how tough it had been and Jim Cameron being mean to everybody and costs over-running, I went, wait a minute, what makes these people think they can speculate about all of this? They weren't there.

"Yes, he lost his temper, but he only ever lost his temper for really, really good reasons. Like we would spend days literally setting up a shot, and if someone isn't doing his job and dumps water 10 seconds too late, then we've got to start over. ... Yeah, I could understand that man getting a little (ticked) off."

Cameron, who is releasing Titanic in 3D to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship sinking on April 14 1912, said he has had the last laugh after the 1997 film went on to make a record-breaking 1.84 billion dollars at the global box office.

He said: "We were the biggest idiots in Hollywood, and they already had us tried and sentenced and hung from the lamppost in the town square before they'd ever seen a foot of the film.

"Ultimately, it proved to be a good film, and they all had to eat their words or just kind of shut up and pretend they hadn't said them."