She has great details about the infamous incident in which some jerk poisoned the crew with the terrifying hallucinogen PCP, sending 56 people to the emergency room. PCP transformed Cameron into a replica of Schwarzenegger in his film Terminator. "Life imitates art," Cameron's pal Lewis Abernathy tells Parisi. "One eye was completely red, just like the Terminator eye. A pupil, no iris, beet red. The other eye looked like he'd been sniffing glue since he was four ... I'm thinking call an organ donor bank, next of kin ... And he puts on this big ol' grin and says, 'Finish the movie, Lewis, you know what to do!'"
The set medic tamed panic with pop music, just like the Titanic orchestra--only Roy Orbison instead of ragtime. Star Bill Paxton made a daring escape from the hospital and got back to the set in time for the conga line.
Cameron's ego is so damn can-do that he feels he could have saved the passengers of Titanic if he had been the captain. To save everybody, Cameron tells Parisi, the captain simply should have loaded everybody aboard the iceberg! "They would have been cold, but they would have lived."
Parisi is the opposite of the typical scorpion-like showbiz reporter; she is pro-Cameron. To get to her unrivalled inside scoops, you have to wade through gushing sentences such as, "The symmetry and perfection of the room are as awesome as anything out of Kubrick's Barry Lyndon or The Shining." She does not dwell on the script's weaknesses, as most of the press and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did.
But if you have a scintilla of interest in how this infinitely difficult and technically innovative film was made, Parisi's is the book to buy. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
To begin with, Paula Parisi is a fantastic writer. She talks a lot about Hollywood and about how movies are made. My book, Alias Jimmy Reno, does also. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gary M Thomas
I'm a big fan of the Special Features on DVD's and Blu-rays. Sometimes they're better than the actual movies. To see what
goes on behind the scenes etc. Read more
When I read of how Cameron obtained a drawing from the original builders of the Titanic and built a one-sided replica in Mexico why did Belfast not follow this in the construction... Read morePublished 16 months ago by james kelly
After I started reading this book, I wrote a review giving the book just three stars. I complained about the typos and technical errors I noticed in the first few chapters. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by D. Frazier
I'll buy anything to do with the Titanic, especially books, but I was really disappointed with this book. Read morePublished on November 12, 2006 by Meesha
If you are looking for a book on the movie Titanic that includes quotes from the stars, this is not the book for you. Read morePublished on January 25, 2004
I found this book very good. I am very interested about The Ship Titanic and it's terrible fate.This book is very easy to read and explores just on how James Cameron made the... Read morePublished on August 18, 2001 by Victor L. Sacino
I read this book about six months ago, and at the time I was very interested in learning whatever I could about the experiences and vision that this fine director brought to his... Read morePublished on December 6, 1999
I read this book and I must say I was very dissapointed. As a autobiography of James Cameron and his movie, the book does a good job. Read morePublished on March 15, 1999