“This movie is 25 years old and that’s pretty weird, but I hope it’s still earning a lot”: Reece Thompson, the boy who acted in Titanic at age 5 reveals he’s still receiving royalty checks from the film

The boy who starred in Titanic 25 years ago is still receiving a hefty monthly check for the film

Reece Thompson made his film debut at age 5 in Titanic, the 1997 mega-hit. The youngster played the role of an Irish boy who dies in the famous shipwreck.

A quarter of a century later, the actor continues to collect royalties for his participation in what has been the highest-grossing film in history for more than a decade, according to La Nación.

Actor who played Irish boy in Titanic reveals how much he still earns for the role 25 years later

In an interview with “Business Insider”, the 30-year-old revealed how much money he still earns for that work. The actor played the role of a third-class passenger, an Irish boy who dies along with his mother and sister in the tragedy.

Thompson appears in three scenes of James Cameron’s film and utters a single line of text when the chaos breaks out on the Belfast-built liner. The performer says he doesn’t remember much of that experience on the set, although he still gets paid for it.

The child actor was paid at the time a flat fee for his time on the set that amounted to about $25,000. The money he earned was deposited in a bank account and, according to him, has since been used for his education, the purchase of a car and living expenses.

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However, the actor said that in the years following the film’s release he received checks for several thousand dollars on a quarterly basis, although as time went on the figure began to dwindle to between 100 and 300 dollars a month.

“It’s funny, because this is no longer present in my mind. It’s not like I think, ‘Oh, when am I going to get a new check from Titanic?’ ‘ But, when it happens, it’s like, ‘Oh, great, an extra $100,'” Thompson said in the interview.

“There were a couple of times when I said, ‘Oh, this is a check for 250. This movie is 25 years old and that’s pretty weird, but I hope it continues to make a lot, because that means more money for me,'” he concluded humorously.

James Cameron’s blockbuster grossed more than billions of dollars worldwide since its release and, after 13 years on the podium, is currently the third highest-grossing film in history after being surpassed by Avatar (2009), by the same director, and Avengers: Endgame (2019). (E)

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