UK: RMS Titanic at Southampton docks, c. 10 April 1912. (Photo by: Pictures from History/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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The Italian Guy Deserved to Be Crushed by the Smokestack in Titanic
The movie “Titanic” is best known for its main characters Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, and many may have forgotten about Dawson’s best friend, Fabrizio De Rossi. Fabrizio reaches his end when he is crushed by one of the ship’s smokestacks, but even with his short time on screen, the character is criticized for his unrealistic Italian accent.
It’s not actor Danny Nucci’s fault that the accent was so terrible because one look at James Cameron's “Titanic” script reveals he wrote Fabrizio's terrible accent into the dialogue. Accent work is tricky, and it can easily dip into stereotype territory, which his accent unfortunately does as Nucci doesn’t sound like a guy from Italy.
“Titanic” is a long movie, so a few scenes had to be deleted, including one where Fabrizio meets a girl on the ship and falls in love. Fans will never know the real reason the scene was deleted, but it might be because there already is a love story at the center of the movie — or because Fabrizio’s accent was too much to listen to.