Julian Fellowes, who created the acclaimed British series “Downton Abbey,” has slammed Director James Cameron for “inaccuracies” in his epic movie “Titanic.” Fellowes is filming his own version of the ship’s tragic sinking.
Fellowes said his four-part television mini-series, which will air in the United States, will be much more accurate than the 1997 Hollywood film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Cameron, however, took a great deal of poetic license with the actual events surrounding the ship’s demise on April 15, 1912. His goal was to tell a love story with the famous sinking as a backdrop.
Fellowes took particular issue with the portrayal of the ship’s first officer William Murdoch, according to London’s Dail Mail.
Long hailed as a hero who went down with the ship, Murdoch was portrayed in Cameron’s film as a panicked officer who shot passengers before killing himself.
“That was very unfair how Murdoch was depicted. He wasn’t cowardly. He fired the pistol to stop a potential riot,” said the 62-year-old Fellowes in a radio interview in Britain. “It was suddenly getting out of hand, and he fired it into the air. That’s not being cowardly.”
A year after Cameron’s movie debut, 20th Century Fox, the film’s producer, apologized to Murdoch’s namesake 80-year-old nephew. In the officer’s hometown, the first officer is recognized as a hero in the tragedy.
“I don’t think you can take someone who was moral and decent and make them do something immoral and indecent,” said Fellowes.
Ironcially, Fellowes has been criticized for taking liberties with his portrayal of aristocratic life on his highly acclaimed show Downton Abbey.