‘Titanic’ Villain Says His Character Was ‘Misunderstood’

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Near, far, wherever you are, fans continue to express their adulation for Titanic. One of the highest-grossing films of all time, James Cameron’s 1997 tale of passion and heartache about the thought-to-be unsinkable ship still remains relevant with memorable, highly quotable snippets of dialogue (“Never let go,” “You jump, I jump”) and even an upcoming theme park.

While Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio ) and Rose’s (Kate Winslet) love story is the enduring legacy of the film, Billy Zane is also well-known for his terrific portrayal of Rose’s arrogant fiancé, Cal Hockley. Due to his lack of empathy and callous behavior, Zane has always been derided as the villain of the film. But now the actor himself is setting the record straight about that impression.

During a recent appearance on Today, Zane defended his character’s actions saying Cal was just “a little misunderstood.”

“He was a little misunderstood! I wasn’t the iceberg. I did not drown 2,000 people,” Zane said while visiting Today. “I think he found redemption by the end, and I wish he had found her on the Carpathia [the rescue boat] and was able to right his wrongs.”

While it’s true that Cal wasn’t responsible for the iceberg, he did fire a gun at Jack and Rose after the couple reconciled, which, you know, is pretty standard villainous behavior.

(H/T Yahoo! Movies UK)

What do you think? Do you agree with Billy Zane? Is Cal Hockley just mildly terrible or a straight-up villain?

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