That temper infuriated people so much that at one point, an actual crime took place on set. A disgruntled crew member, who was never found or identified, laced Cameron’s soup with the drug PCP. This ended up sending 50 people, including Cameron, to the hospital. That wasn’t even the last of the production’s problems. Shooting dragged on for more than a month longer than planned, and the costs shot up to $200 million.
Yet when the film reached cinemas in 1997, it was immediately a massive success. “It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted, and spellbinding,” famous film critic Roger Ebert wrote at the time. “Movies like this are not merely difficult to make at all, but almost impossible to make well.”
For a good long while, it was the highest-grossing movie of all time. It was only surpassed by Avatar – another James Cameron film – in 2010. There was no doubt that people loved it. But they did have one major qualm about it. It focused around the manner in which Jack died. His death, fans of the film insisted, could easily have been prevented.