Kate Winslet has had a rough journey with “Titanic” premieres in the past. She missed the 1997 world premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theatre when her ex-boyfriend, Stephen Tredre, tragically died of cancer. During the U.K. premiere, she was in the hospital suffering from dysentery she contracted in Morocco while filming “Hideous Kinky.”
But as “Titanic” sets sail again 15 years later in 3-D, Winslet finally made a long overdue red-carpet appearance at the London premiere on Tuesday. MTV News caught up with the Academy Award-winning actress to find out how it feels to see the movie again in a new dimension.
“It feels amazing,” Winslet said. “I mean, it is a very strange experience because it’s a long time since I’ve seen the film in its entirety.”
In 1997, the retelling of the ship’s disaster dominated the box office, raking in more than $600 million. The film stands strong as the second-highest-grossing box-office hit in the United States. But Winslet isn’t worried about moviegoers and fans passing up the opportunity to see it in theaters again. While she says it looks different, she also believes it’s much bigger, in a way. “It looks very different. I mean, it’s still as wonderful and as epic as it always was. But it does feel bigger, you know, bigger somehow even than it did then, so it’s very exciting,” she said.
Having seen Rose again on the big screen, Winslet is critical of herself in the role, suggesting that there are things she would change if she could play the part all over again. “My American accent could’ve been much better. My acting could’ve been a lot better,” she said. Her Oscar nomination for the role says otherwise.
And as far as seeing herself in 3-D, she’s happier with the way she looks now. “I think I look nicer now,” she said. “I prefer myself as a 36-year-old. It’s really weird ’cause when you’re 21 you think, ‘Oh God, when I’m 36, oh God, that’s nearly 40 and I’ll look really old and wrinkly by then.’ And actually I quite like the way I look. I feel OK about myself these days.”
Audiences will be able to relive the story as the 3-D version of “Titanic” hits theaters on April 4.