By Fallon Prinzivalli (MTV): “Like throwing up.” That’s how Kate Winslet feels when she hears Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” the once-inescapable theme to “Titanic.”
“No, I shouldn’t say that,” Winslet added, thinking through her response before coming to this conclusion: “No, actually, I do feel like throwing up.”
Since its release in 1997, the film has stuck with Winslet wherever she goes. It was the movie that helped her sky-rocket to the A-list, after all, and no one is likely to forget Dion’s iconic song from “Titanic,” set to be re-released in 3-D on April 4.
“I wish I could say, ‘Oh listen, everybody! It’s the Celine Dion song!’ But I don’t,” Winslet admitted. “I just have to sit there, you know, kind of straight-faced with a massive internal eye roll.”
Winslet went on to explain that every time she walks into a bar or a restaurant with a pianist, they never miss an opportunity to start playing the notes. “It’s thrilling for people to surprise me with the Celine Dion song,” she laughed.
But they not only play the tune for her, they also encourage the Oscar winner to sing it herself. “I did a talk show recently in Italy and they actually had a live pianist who started gently playing the theme song. I was not even gently, rather severely, urged to go and sing it as though I had in fact sung it myself in the first place. It was like, ‘No! I’m not going to do that.’ They’re like, ‘Oh no, come on it will be funny.’ No, it won’t be funny. At all. And I’m not going to.”
Unfortunately for the actress, it’s not just the theme song that haunts her. Whenever she boards a boat, she’s the butt of jokes.
“Honestly, I actually now get onto boats and say, ‘No jokes, OK? No jokes. Can we just move on from that? And if you have any jokes, let’s just get them out of the way right now. Thank you. Anyone? Jokes, jokes? OK, moving on.’ And then they still tell jokes,” Winslet said. The most common joke is asking her to head to the front of the boat with them to reenact the iconic scene between hers and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters on the rail. To that she replies, “Oh, yeah! Oh, that one! Oh, don’t worry, it’s my party piece. Sure, come on up, bring your granny.”
But Winslet is actually an amazing sport about the jokes. She understands how deeply the film touched its audience. And now that it will be on the big screen again, it can reach a whole new generation — including her children who will see it for the very first time.
“What’s negative about it? Really, nothing at all,” she said of the 3-D treatment. “It’s very different and much more present. It’s bigger — if you can believe that — but it is and you really do feel like you’re in it.”
Audiences will be able to relive the tragic love story — or experience for the first time — when “Titanic” it hits theaters in 3-D on April 4.
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