Former child actor Reece Thompson played the role of the little Irish boy in Titanic who tragically dies with his mother and sister when the famous passenger liner sinks. Reece remembers little from the audition and being on set in 1997, but receiving the annual royalty checks reminds him of Titanic.
Reece said “It’s not like ‘Oh, when am I going to get a new ‘Titanic’ check?’ When it happens, it’s like ‘Oh, cool, an extra $100’.”
“There have been a couple of times where it’s been like: ‘Oh, wow, that’s a $250 check." Despite many years passing since the intial release in 1997, he has found it 'pretty bizarre' how often the film still gets played.
"But hopefully, they keep playing it a lot because that means more money for me”
Prior to getting a role in Titanic, Reece had signed with a talent agent after winning a contest. He was offered two potential projects to choose from: an appearance in a gas station ad or a small role in Titanic. His mum thought the ad would be a safer bet, but she took the risk and chose the role in Titanic. And now the result of the great decision is bringing money even after two decades.
Reece was 5 years old at the time when the film was released. Today, he is 30 and a digital marketing director at Brian Head Resort, a skiing and snowboarding resort in Utah, USA.
With Titanic being a film classic, it is safe to say that the checks won't stop coming for some time!