Reece Thompson appeared in Titanic when he was just five years old to play the part of a third-class passenger who tragically dies alongside his mother and sister.
Remember this kid that died during the second half of the film (VHS #2 if you’re watching it in a VCR)? Yeah, he’s still getting paid for that brave role of a third-class passenger that drowned with his family.
Reece Thompson, best known for his role as the ‘Irish little boy’ in the legendary film Titanic, has revealed he’s still making money off of his role 25 years on. The actor was just five years old when he scored the part of the little passenger who tragically passes on in the 1997 movie.
In the scene, he, his mother and his sister were among many other passengers waiting for the third-class main gate to be open, reports Belfast Live.
But the family never made it to the lifeboat and were later seen in their cabin where the three of them died together. Sure, I we don’t have to remind you about his sad story, but it’s best to cover our grounds while we’re at it.
“It turned out to be one of the highest-grossing films in history, so it’s pretty bizarre in retrospect,” Thompson told Business Insider.
While his part was small, it was poignant, as it reflected that of so many third-class Titanic passengers who died during the tragedy. Today, Reece, aged 30, is the digital marketing director at Brian Head Resort, a skiing and snowboarding facility in Utah.
Although he said he doesn’t remember much about his time filming the part as a child, he is reminded of it every year when he receives royalty checks. Cash ’em while you’ve got ’em, dude!
As of right now, Thompson says he tends to earn about $200 to $300 a year.
“It’s weird because it’s not present in my mind anymore,” he 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.'”