It's been nearly 20 years and audiences are still in love with the 1997 epic romance Titanic. Although with all the obsession over Kate and Leo, there's one actor who tends to crash directly into the iceberg of public opinion. It's Billy Zane, who played the table-flipping, lifeboat-bribing, fiancé-slapping villain, Cal Hockley.
Remember what a sleaze that guy was?
In an interview with the Today Show, Billy Zane was there to chat about his new role as Stan Gutterie in drama mystery series Guilt, but understandably, they couldn't help themselves from sneaking in a few Titanic-themed questions toward the end of the interview.
Apparently, Zane still gets a lot of grief for trying to come between the star-crossed lovers portrayed by the perfect couple-that's-not-actually-a-couple, Kate and Leo (even though he admits that they could've handled the door situation better). Everyone wants to know: Why was Cal was so damn evil? He had the perfect response ready, spoken like someone who's been getting asked the same question for 19 years:
"He was a little misunderstood. I was not the iceberg! I did not drown 2,000 people."
Touché, Mr. Zane.
Then, hosts asked him if he thought that Rose and Cal should have given things another chance in the end, and this was his decisive answer:
Um...Sure! Well, no. Um yes. I think he found redemption by the end, and I wish he had found her on the Carpathia and was able to right his wrongs."
Well, there was an alternate ending to Titanic, but it wasn't the one Zane described. Oh well. We still love you, Billy Zane, even if Cal was the absolute WORST.
Check out that clip from the interview with Billy Zane on the Today Show: