Victor Garber Won’t Sail on Titanic II

March 12th, 2013

Victor Garber won’t be sailing on Australian billionaire Clive Palmer’s repro cruise ship, Titanic II.
In director James Cameron’s Titanic, Garber, played Thomas Andrews, the naval architect in charge of the construction of Titanic who went down with the ship. But on Monday at the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2013 Spring Gala in Manhattan, Garber told this reporter, “I feel like I was on the Titanic when it sank, so I don’t really want to relive it.”
Meanwhile, Garber also indicated he has faith in the project, a working replica of the original cruise ship that will be constructed in China, not Belfast, expected to be completed in 2016. “But it won’t sink–there are no icebergs anymore,” Garber added. Nod to global warming?
And while the actor feels the experience would be “a fantasy for people,” he suggested that the funds used for construction could be used “elsewhere” for a higher purpose.
Billy Zane, who also starred in the Cameron project, recently waffled on the same issue, “Depends on how many lifeboats they’ve got,” he quipped.

Billy Zane Would Sail Aboard Titanic II

March 5th, 2013

Ran into Billy Zane tonight at the Cinema Society’s NY debut of his film Electrick Children. Asked if the actor would consider setting sail on Titanic II, a replica of the steam ship that sank in 1912 after striking an iceberg, famously portrayed in James Cameron’s film of the same name. Zane played Kate Winslet’s character’s fiancé in the Oscar-winning Cameron film. Aussie magnate Clive Palmer, who made his billions in coal and iron-ore plans to build the replica in Jiangsu, China; the vessel is to be completed by 2016.
Zane answered that he would consider taking a voyage on Titantic II, “If they had enough life boats . . . ”
FYI, in his plans, Palmer has included lifeboats for 2000. 1500 souls perished aboard the original “unsinkable” steamship which was lost April 15, 1912.
Titanic pre-sinking