Titanic is a legendary movie in Hollywood and we will always remember some of the heart-breaking scenes that made us teary-eyed. The tragic love story of Jack and Rose had us all wondering why Rose (Kate Winslet) didn’t make room for Jack on the floating door.
However, despite that many of us, favorize James Cameron’s 1997 movie, we probably forgot the role of Reece Thompson “Irish little boy” who appeared in Titanic at the age of 5. If you saw Reece Thompson today, you probably wouldn’t know him. The 25-year-old is now a digital marketing director for a Utah based skiing and snowboarding resort.
But, it turns out that Thompson is still winning quarterly cash from his minor role in Titanic.
The former actor spoke about the movie telling that it was his mom who pushed him to do it:
It turned out to be one of the highest-grossing films in history, so it’s pretty bizarre in retrospect. My mom was like: ‘Let’s just do it. It’ll be cool. Even if the movie sucks, we’ll see it.’ Obviously, it ended up exploding, so that wasn’t a bad decision on her part, that’s for sure.
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Thompson was only five years old when he appeared in the movie so he doesn’t feel quite a connection with it. However, the topic is often brought up by his friends:
I remember I was living with one of my best friends up in Salt Lake, and we were just sitting outside, talking, and there were people walking by, and he says, ‘Isn’t it weird that most of these people have probably seen your face before but don’t even know it?’ And that kind of blew my mind. So many people have seen that movie.
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Back in time, the actor earned $30,000 for his performance in the movie which is not bad at all for a five-year-old as he was then.
Those of you who recall the scenes will know that “the Irish little boy” drowned alongside his mother and sister in a heart-breaking scene in the movie:
Every person who’s ever found out – especially women who find out – that that was me in that scene, they always tell me that was the most heartbreaking scene, watching this mother having to, essentially, talk the kids to sleep in a genuinely terrifying moment.
Speaking to the Business Insider the actor revealed that he still pockets $200 to $300 each year from his role in the movie. He said:
It’s weird because it’s not present in my mind anymore. It’s not like, ‘Oh, when am I going to get a new Titanic check?’ When it happens, it’s like, ‘Oh, cool, an extra $100.’
The movie grossed $2,186,772,302 and still remains the second highest-grossing film of all time. Can you believe Titanic will turn 21 years old this year? Huh, time flies so fast!
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