Inside Bill Paxton's life - Thoughts on Titanic's 'other' ending to sudden tragic death

Lottie O'Neill August 21, 2022
Inside Bill Paxton's life - Thoughts on Titanic's 'other' ending to sudden tragic death
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Bill Paxton was an icon in the movie world, and most will remember him for his roles in Twister or Titanic before his sudden tragic death.

The late actor passed away on February 25, 2017, from a stroke. Bill’s death came 11 days following surgery to replace a heart valve and repair aorta damage, according to his death certificate.

His family has now reached a partial settlement with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after filing a wrongful-death lawsuit. It comes five months after an anesthesiologist medical group agreed to pay $1million in a settlement, Deadline reports.

The hospital and surgeon lawsuit was filed by the family more than four years ago after Bill Paxton’s death. The matter was scheduled to go to trial, however, attorneys have filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court detailing an agreement has been made to settle the case.

The matters are still to be approved by a judge, with attorneys for Paxton’s family reporting the ‘matter resolved’.

Bill Paxton’s thoughts on Titanic’s alternate ending

Titanic fans may be aware there was a second ending filmed to the romantic movie. Instead of solely focusing on Rose at the edge of the ship with the Heart of the Ocean, the ‘other’ finale featured Paxton (Brock Lovett) and Rose’s granddaughter rushing to stop her and discover she had the incredible gem all along.

However, Paxton has made it clear how he felt about this alternate ending.

He said: “Coming back to us was a way to wrap it up and kind of tie up the old Rose’s story and all that. But you didn’t really need anything from us. Our job was done by then.

“So it became very evident in the cutting. If you’re smart, and you take the ego and the narcissism out of it, you’ll listen to the film. The film will tell you what it needs and what it does not need. And the baby needs tough love.

“It just wasn’t necessary.”

Bill Paxton’s final Red Carpet appearance weeks before tragic death

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Prior to the star’s sudden and devastating death, he was seen at his final Red Carpet appearance. Paxton attended the NAACP Image Awards earlier in February 2017.

Posing near Training Day co-stars, Justin Cornwell and Lex Scott Davis, he appeared to be in good shape before the surgery, writes The Mirror.

The dad-of-two was also seen smiling at the Pasadena Conference Center in Los Angeles.

Director Doug Liman told the NY Daily News Paxton’s optimism was “infectious”.

He said: “Even facing major surgery, his optimism for the future was infectious.

“He was talking about the future, things we hoped to do together.”

Hollywood career

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Paxton shot to fame with the likes Aliens, Predator II, Apollo 13 and Titanic. The Texas-born star also starred in Twister alongside late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt.

Impressively, before Bill Paxton’s death, he racked up more than 90 screen credits to his name, according to IMdB.

The star was expected to reprise his role of Master Sergeant Farrell in the sequel of Edge of Tomorrow, director Doug Liman said.

Many consider The Circle to be his final film, alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and Karen Gillan. The flick, which follows a tech giant and its invasive ideologies, credited Paxton posthumously.

At the time of his passing, his family released a statement over the heartbreaking news.

They said: “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.”

The statement added: “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”

Son follows in dad’s footsteps

Bill, born William, left behind wife Louise and children James and Lydia when he passed.

The Weird Space star was married to Louise for almost 30 years when he died in 2017. It’s believed she appeared in a few films. The pair tied the knot in 1987.

It’s reported Louise, aged 17 at the time, met Bill – who was a struggling actor at that point – while traveling on a bus in London.

They welcomed son James on February 23, 1994, before Lydia on December 19, three years later.

James followed in his dad’s footsteps with an acting career. He was cast in Eyewitness (2016), Texas Rising and Matt Maeson’s music video Beggar’s Song.

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Lottie is the Head of Audience for Entertainment and Gaming, working with the teams on HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus and Freshered. She is passionate about news being accessible to everyone, and focuses on bringing audiences quality content that they enjoy. She loves the art of storytelling, whether that be news, movies or heavy hardback fiction.