Who was the joker?: brutal joke on the set of Titanic that left part of the team in the hospital

It was the 90s, and James Cameron was filming one of the most important film mega-productions of all time and of pop culture: Titanic.

It was after a day of work that the group made up of actors Bill Paxton and Suzy Amis, producer Jon Landau, director of photography Caleb Deschanel, and Cameron; met for dinner.

According to Vanity Fair magazine, the menu was clam chowder, mussel chowder or lobster chowder. However, it seems that there was an unknown ingredient that depleted the team’s health.

The director of the film confessed to the media that he had to get up from the table to vomit, assuring that he had been intoxicated with some “paralyzing shellfish neurotoxin.”

“I’m standing in front of the monitors, close to the camera, and the room is empty. It was like The Twilight Zone,” said the filmmaker.

For his part, actor Bill Paxton told Entertainment Weekly that: “The team was spinning. Some people were laughing, some were crying, some were throwing up.”


“I was sitting there, bleeding and laughing”

The workers were taken to Dartmouth General Hospital, while the police had to analyze the soup, which contained phencyclidine, a drug known as PCP or angel dust.

So the psychedelic effects were felt in the team’s hospital stay: “They put us all in these cubicles with the curtains around us, but no one wanted to stay in those places,” set painter Marilyn McAvoy revealed. to the Vice site.

And in addition, he added that: “Everyone was in the corridors and jumping into other people’s cubicles. People had a lot of energy. Some were in wheelchairs, bounding down the aisles. I mean everyone was stoned!”

The most unusual thing is that one of the team members attacked Cameron by sticking a pencil in his face. “I was sitting there bleeding and laughing,” the director told Vanity Fair.

The director also added that: “People moaned, cried, moaned and collapsed on tables and stretchers.”


Who was the joker?

To this day, neither the Halifax Police who were in charge of investigating the case, nor the victims of the poisoning, know who was to blame.

But James Cameron does have his suspicions: “We had fired a member of the team the day before because they were creating problems with suppliers. So we think the poisoning was this idiot’s plan to get back at the vendors, who of course we immediately fired the next day. So it worked”, he jokingly shot.

The good thing is that the incident did not escalate and the team was able to continue filming the next day, leaving the event as a strange Hollywood anecdote.


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