Titanic may be the Jack and Rose movie, but there are plenty of additional characters that touched the hearts of moviegoers when the film was first released in 1997.
Example: the little Irish boy from Titanic –Reese Thompson.
Just 5 years old at the time, Thompson won the hearts of moviegoers when he played the role of a young third-class Irish passenger. One of the film’s most compelling scenes came into focus when he and his on-screen sister were read a bedtime story by their mother as the doomed ship sank, with the implication that they were on the point of dying.
It was a monumental scene for the film that shattered the emotions of audiences around the world.
Twenty years after breaking box office records, Thompson recently revealed that he now works as the director of digital marketing for Brian Head Resort, a popular ski destination in Utah.
However, this is not his only source of income: Thompson still receives Titanic royalty checks from his role in the film.
“It’s weird because it’s not in my mind anymore. It’s not like, ‘Oh, when am I going to have a new Titanic Check?’ When that happens, it’s like, ‘Oh, cool, $100 more,'” Thompson told Business Insider.
“There were a few times where it was like, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a check for $250.’ This movie is 12 years old. It’s kind of weird. But I hope they keep playing it a lot because it means more money for me,” the former child actor joked.
Thompson also shared that he was initially paid around $30,000 for his role, which is a far cry from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who were reportedly paid $2.5 million and $2 million, respectively.
The funds received by Thompson were placed securely in an account and used for his education, car and living expenses.
As for Thompson’s on-screen accent, he admitted it was hard to mimic Irish inflections as a kid.
“If you listen to it, it doesn’t sound very Irish,” he shared. “It just feels sweet. I remember trying to mimic what the coach was trying to do. It’s as close as it gets.”
Is this Thompson’s approach to getting more views for the film and increasing his next royalty payment? If so, that’s a good strategy!
Titanic is streaming now on Roku Channel, Showtime, Spectrum TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox, and Apple TV.