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Titanic

Extra Sues

I Want a Shipload of Money

2/19/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021814_titanic_launch"Yes. Yes ma'am." These are the words a movie extra believes are worth a fortune ... words he brilliantly delivered in "Titanic" ... words over which he is now suing.

The extra -- a guy named Vi Jay -- has filed the lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, claiming he was cast as a non-speaking background actor in the embarking scene at the beginning of the movie.  Vi says the day of the shoot, James Cameron spontaneously gave him a career-changing line.

"Yes. Yes ma'am." Vi delivers the line to Kathy Bates' character as she hands him her luggage.

Vi says he was paid a measly $60 a day -- per his agreement as an extra -- but now says the line he delivered entitles him to SAG (Screen Actors' Guild) benefits, specifically RESIDUALS. 

And Vi might have a point -- we spoke to a rep from SAG, who says actors with speaking roles (no matter how small) are typically entitled to residual money.

Vi says 20th Century Fox grossed more than $2 billion from the flick, and he wants his tiny share.

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1.

AxlRose    

Pathetic ...

216 days ago
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Champagne Jayne    

Yeah he did technically speak do give this schmuck his $50 bucks.

216 days ago
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Canadasux    

What? That movie was 20 years ago! Your ship has sailed and sunk on that one, dimwit!

216 days ago
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spader    

Sounds like he has a slam dunk case but it would be a better story if you could estimate what he would potentially be owed plus compound interest.

216 days ago
5.

Mike    

What a joke.

216 days ago
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Champagne Jayne    

James Cameron should have let this douchbag sink with the captain.

216 days ago
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bernergirl    

Give him $20 and move on.

216 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

I guess his career tanked after that. Okay, Jim Cameron, give the guy his $874. and let him get on with his life.

216 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

rather sad really.extras on set tend to have to be there all do and what not.and only get 60 bucks? meanwhile the studio and big time actors rake in the big bucks. like everyone already knows.hollywood looks after a minority few elite hence why most films tend to cast the same people.

216 days ago
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Locke    

Normally I would laugh at this guy, but the fact is he is right. Hollywood has addled itself with SAG and their rules and since this guy's original contract was for a non speaking role, and he spoke a line, then he is entitled to receive what SAG rules dictate I am sure the studios will eventually agree and then turn around with some bizarre accounting slight of hand that shows they actually lost money on Titanic (something they have done before) and then insist he pay them.

216 days ago
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MrHarryBawls2016    

I know this is a stretch, but was anyone here on The Titanic? Your stories please..keep it short.

216 days ago
12.

Aarin    

Probably only worth like $10,000 . He must be broke trying to go after it after it 17-18 years.

216 days ago
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MrHarryBawls2016    

I was not on The Titanic, but I am old enough to remember a young Harry Houdini and him making some wonderful balloon animals at my birthday party. I wlll be here for a few minutes to answer any questions. Keep it short.

216 days ago
14.

Factual    

At least this guy didn't kill himself with Heroin. Give this guy that other chump's money that did.

216 days ago
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robert    

@factual - no the libs, f@gs and tree hugging hippies love the dead heroine addict actor so watch yourself. I mean come on it was only 70 bags lmao

216 days ago
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