Julian Fellowes criticises James Cameron’s version of Titanic events
Downton Abbey writer, Julian Fellowes – who has also penned his own adaptation of the story of the doomed Titanic – has claimed that he thinks James Cameron’s blockbuster movie portrayed inaccuracies, and in particular, over the actions of First Officer William Murdoch.
In the film, which of course starred Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, Murdoch is seen shooting at frantic passengers before killing himself.
However, Fellowes claims that the real version of what happened to Murdoch shows he was far from cowardly on the night the tragedy occurred.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Fellowes claimed that Murdoch had died when the ship sank, having stayed at his post to try to evacuate as many passengers as he could…
Furthermore, Fellowes says that Murdoch himself launched the lifeboats which saved around 75% of those who survived that night.
Of Cameron’s version of Murdoch’s behaviour, Fellowes said, “That was very unfair how Murdoch was depicted. He wasn’t cowardly.
“He fired the pistol to just stop a potential riot. It was suddenly getting out of hand, and he fired it in the air. That’s not being cowardly.
“I don’t think you can just say, ‘Well, we’ll make this guy a villain – he’ll do.
“I think with real people you have a kind of imperative to be true to who they were.
“I don’t think you can take someone who was moral and decent and make them do something immoral and indecent.
“I would feel uncomfortable doing that. So we do have Murdoch, and we have him firing a pistol…
“[But] there is a little bit of setting the record straight.”
Fellowes’ mini-series Titanic will air in April on ITV.
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