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The real Jack Dawson? Man suing James Cameron for stealing his life story for Titanic

By Aoife Kelly

A Florida man is suing Titanic director James Cameron for basing the character of Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, on his life.

Stephen Cummings claims he's the inspiration behind the tale of doomed love aboard the ill-fated liner and he wants $300 million plus one per cent of the epic film's royalties.

According to TMZ he used to work in the yacht industry and says the film director heard about him and events that happened in his life in 1988 and 1989 in Brevard County through the grapevine.

He also claims that the doomed love story between Jack and Rose in the film was not based on historic fact but was based on stories he told his mates about relatives of his who were aboard Titanic.

The wife survived the disaster while the husband did not which is how it played out for Jack and Rose (and possibly hundreds of other unfortunate couples among the 1,517 who died).

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