The man, Stephen Cummings, alleges that the film’s heartthrob, Jack Dawson (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), is an appropriation of his own life and personal family history.
In addition to the $300 million, Cummings is requesting one percent of all royalties from the film, and considering how well the film did at the box office, that’s sure to be a hefty sum of money.
Most fans of the film and historical buffs alike know the character of Jack Dawson to be fictional, but Cummings is calling foul.
He alleges that the film’s director heard about Cummings’ previous job as a “yacht master” in 1988 and 1989, as well as stories of his two family members.
Cummings says he had told stories to his friends about his relatives, a husband and a wife, of course, who were on board the Titanic and took the tragic voyage. Apparently, the husband didn’t survive while his wife did. Sounds familiar, right?
We think it’s safe to say that his case doesn’t hold water. ~Alexa Caruso