A child actor who appeared in Titanic over 25 years ago explained that he was still receiving royalty cheques for his part in the iconic James Cameron film. 

Reece Thompson – a digital marketing director in Utah – was in the 1998 movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet when he was five years old and took on the role of an Irish third-class passenger. 

The former actor’s tragic scene involved him waiting to die in a cabin as his family failed to secure a space on the lifeboats that were saving passengers while the ship was sinking.  

His one line in the film was to ask his on-screen mother: ‘What are we doing, Mommy?’ to which she replied: ‘We’re just waiting, dear. 

‘When they finish putting first-class people in the boats, they’ll be starting with us, and we’ll want to be ready, right?’

Reece opened up about his time on set recently and explained more about life after his role in Titanic while chatting with Australia’s Network 10.

He said: ‘Yeah, I still do [receive royalty cheques], it’s true.

‘But I haven’t updated my address in several years, honestly since the last time I got interviewed for this.

‘So, I haven’t seen them [the cheques] in a few years. I’m just assuming that they are still coming.’

The ex-child star also chatted about intrigue into his life all these years later: ‘It’s interesting, I’d say my family and I mostly just think that it’s interesting that people are still finding it interesting.

‘My wife and I mostly just get a kick out of comments.

‘They are mostly just interesting to read, but – yeah – it feels like a dream it was so long ago.

‘Any number of different things [are said], honestly, some of the comments I just can’t believe that it’s happening 25 years later.

‘Now people are beginning to associate my face with it, whereas before it was a random fact about me, it’s kind of weird.’

Despite its popularity and many accolades, the film’s leading lady Kate missed out on an Oscar for best actress that year to Helen Hunt for her role in As Good as It Gets. 

Titanic as an enterprise won 11 Academy Awards among many others after its outrageous box office success. 

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