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Director James Cameron, center, poses with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio after winning the awards for Best Dramatic Motion Picture and Best Director for the film "Titanic" at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A man who claims he inspired Leonardo DiCaprio's character in 'Titanic' sued James Cameron


A Florida man claims in a lawsuit that James Cameron stole his life story and used it for the lead character of his smash-hit film, "Titanic," TMZ reported

Stephen Cummings alleges that he is actually the inspiration for the movie's lead character, Jack Dawson, and that Cameron heard about him through word of mouth. 

However, the claims go a few steps further. Cummings is a former "yacht master" and also claims to have two relatives who were aboard the actual Titanic. And guess what? Of those two married relatives, the husband died and the wife survived. 

Cummings is asking for $300 million and 1 percent of royalties on the movie. 

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