Live With Kelly: Bill Paxton’s Titanic Expedition
Bill Paxton came out to join Kelly and Seth proclaiming, “the smoking lamp is lit!” This phrase got some big cheers from the audience, so it must be a military inside joke. But Bill wasn’t actually in the military– he said he just played a military man on TV.
The first topic that came up was Bill and the wreck of the Titanic. Of course, Bill starred in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic film, so he has a special relationship to the ship. He said that he has been to the wreck four times now, and it’s like living Jules Vern’s novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. James Cameron, Titanic’s director, invited Bill to join him on an expedition about five years after they made the movie together. Bill was excited to go, but he called up Lloyds of London to see if they would insure him, and they said no way.