Hollywood star Paul Rudd, whose father was a world-renowned Titanic expert, paid an impromptu visit to the Titanic Experience Museum in Cork’s port town of Cobh.
The museum announced in a social media post that it was thrilled to host the Marvel star, who is in Ireland for a short holiday.
“We were delighted to welcome Paul Rudd (52) and his family to Titanic Experience Cobh earlier today. Paul’s family used to visit Cobh regularly as Paul’s father (the late Michael Rudd) had a great passion for history and the history of Titanic. As a final stop, Cobh has a unique and emotional connection to history and we hope the Rudd family enjoyed our tour and stories,” said a spokesman for the museum.
“We had some ‘Antman’ fans at the experience today and thank Paul for being so kind to his enthusiastic young fans (and the not-so-young fans!).”
In 2019, the New Jersey-born actor revealed that a young Leonardo DiCaprio had expressed his insecurity about taking on the role of male lead Jack in the Titanic movie.
It went on to become one of the highest grossing films of all time.
Rudd and Di Caprio had starred together in Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet, which came out a year before Titanic.
Speaking to BBC 1’s Graham Norton Show, the 52-year-old actor said he had an “interesting conversation” with his co-star.
Rudd revealed that he shared a car ride with Di Caprio on the way to a bar during which they discussed what’s next for the young heartbeat.
Di Caprio told Rudd he was offered a role in James Cameron’s Titanic.
Coincidentally, Rudd’s late father, Michael, was a leading expert on the ill-fated White Star Liner and traveled the world lecturing at universities on the subject.
“I drove to the place with Leo and he said, ‘I’ve just been offered this movie and it’s a big movie.’ And he had been doing indie films up to that point. He said, ‘It’s a studio film, it’s Titanic.'” Rudd said.
“I said, ‘This is incredible!’ And I knew a lot about Titanic because my dad just talked about it at the table,” Rudd continued, “and we had a conversation about it and [DiCaprio] said, ‘Oh, like I don’t know what I’m going to do.’”
“I remember saying, ‘You should do it! I don’t think I had anything to say, but it’s kind of interesting to think back on. Because he did it. He made the film.”
Michael Rudd was a member of the Titanic Historical Society. He had a deep love for the ship and its legacy – he even traveled the world as a member of the Society, often acting as a tour guide at iconic locations associated with Titanic around the world.
He was a frequent visitor to Cobh and stayed at the Commodore Hotel, which was in operation when the ship called at Cobh (then Queenstown) as the final port of call on its maiden voyage.
Michael Rudd died in 2008 and his photo was placed on the hotel wall a year later at a ceremony attended by his family.
Born in London, Michael was a distinguished historical tour guide and former Vice President of Trans World Airlines.
Cobh now has a Titanic Memorial Garden which is situated on the water and overlooks Titanic’s final anchorage.
The garden has a glass memorial wall bearing the names of passengers who embarked in Queenstown.
Cobh also has a Titanic memorial in the town square dedicated to the 79 passengers who boarded the Titanic at Cobh and lost their lives.
It has a number of museums and cultural centers dedicated to Titanic history, including the Cobh Heritage Center and The Titanic Experience.
On April 11, 1912, 123 steerage passengers boarded the Titanic at Cobh.
Four days later, the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank with the loss of more than 1,500 lives, including 79 of those who boarded in Cobh.
The port city of Cork holds a special ceremony each year to celebrate the loss of the great liner.
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