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Titanic - Rubber Capstain
During the latter stages of the film when the ship is almost vertical and about to sink you see people letting go of the railings and falling down the near vertical deck. Watch carefully and you will see a body hit a large capstan type thing (which would be made of iorn on a real ship), and you will see it bend as it is made out of foam or rubber!
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Cameron McDade on 10-14-1999
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candie338 writes:
ummm,... whats a capstan?
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Princess49 writes:
Do you really think Cameron would let his stunt people fall and bounce off big objects like that?? Of course they used rubber. It's a movie. This isn't a slip up, what else was there to use?
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Jerryrip writes:
Yep it sure was rubber. Cameron didn't want his extras and stunt people hurt so he fashioned all the objects that were supposed to be made of iron or steel out of rubber.
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KCM writes:
Very observant! Yes, James Cameron didn't want any of the actors to get hurt. On some HBO special they explained that there were a lot of foam rubber dummies dressed in period clothes that were lined up against the rails to protect those who fell. With all the precautions and the number of people used to make the scene, there were still 1 or two broken bones.
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wildflower1 writes:
if anyone saw this, the Making of the Titanic showed how they only built the last like 10 feet of the stern, and then had stunt men jump off of it, like they were falling off of the actual Titanic. That probably has a lot to do with it.
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FantastichenEin writes:
Yep. I noticed this. Looks like foam..
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chris writes:
The capstan is 100% polyeurathene foam I should know my father is the valve tecnition that works for the company which sold the foam to the titanic special effects crew. company's web page: www.huntsman.com
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Heather1990 writes:
Guys, it is a slip-up. Of course they wouldn't make it out of real iron. But the movie is suppose to look just like it did. So the fact that you see it bend makes it a slip-up.
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Morna writes:
Of course they use things like rubber pipes, swords, and rocks in movies to prevent the actors and stunt people from getting hurt, but ideally, the framing of the shots should hide the fact that the stuff is rubber...that's why this is a slip-up.
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Gary Lynch writes:
All you guys who are saying 'of course they use rubber for safety' are missing the point!! When a falling body clearly shows up a steel capstan as soft rubber or foam, the editors should take that scene out. They didn't show us the mattresses people fell onto!
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dogman0 writes:
nice one
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