Friday, March 03, 2017

James Cameron & Rolex Say Goodbye to Bill Paxton

James Cameron



Say Goodbye to Bill Paxton

As you are probably aware, actor Bill Paxton passed away last weekend at age 61, just before the Academy Awards, and his passing shocked the world.

Bill Paxton and leading Hollywood director and Rolex Fanatic, James Cameron were very close pals. just published a story written by James Cameron about his amazing friendship with Bill Paxton. James Began his story:

"Bill and I started together on low-budget Roger Corman films, and came up together, through the 80’s and 90’s, working together as actor and director. He ultimately acted in over 60 films, including Twister, Aliens, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic and Edge of Tomorrow, as well as many TV films and series, including his critically acclaimed Big Love. For 36 years he was one of my closest friends, a friendship that went far beyond our work together.

Of course even now, after his long and celebrated career, one of his most memorable characters remains one of his earliest: Private Hudson in Aliens. His wail, “It’s game over man!,” is as funny today as it was 31 years ago. It was the voice of the everyman, a quintessentially human response to fear and hopelessness.

The night before his heart surgery, which was ironically on Valentine’s Day, we had what was to be our last conversation. He was upbeat, even joking about being scared, saying “I feel like Hudson.” We both had a laugh riffing on “It’s game over man!” But tragically, for Bill, it was game over.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him. He was always bursting with enthusiasm and ideas. I never met an actor or filmmaker who didn’t say he was one of the most likeable people they’d ever worked with. Of course, this business is not about being liked, but to stay sane and decent while doing some of the best work out there was Bill’s unique gift.

Bill Paxton was an actor in James Cameron's epic movie, Titanic, where he played a treasure hunter, and in the photo below we see Paxton famously wearing his yellow gold Rolex Submariner in the movie.

I remember noticing Bill Paxton's Rolex when I saw Titanic in theaters, and thinking it was so apropos and cool...His performance was extremely passionate, highly believable, and overall superb!

You can watch the Official Titanic Trailer below. Titanic was so much more than a movie, it was an experience...

Rolex Says Goodbye


Bill Paxton

@ The 89th Academy Awards

The 2017 Oscars were really memorable, unusual and outstanding, and the crazy bizzaro 'Best Picture' Fiasco will go down in history as being the most awkward yet memorable moment in Oscar History. Ironically, Rolex was a sponsor of the 2017 Academy Awards, and inadvertently created the most moving moment of the 2017 Oscars.

Rolex created a special nostalgic Rolex TV commercial for the 2017 Academy Awards titled, "Celebrating Cinema". The commercial aired twice on ABC during the Oscar ceremony. Bill Paxton passed away the day before the Academy Awards aired, but many people were disappointed to discover The Academy Awards did not have any kind of tribute to Bill Paxton's amazing career achievements, but in a serendipitous twist of fate, Rolex did!!!

Bill Paxton's role in the Titanic was covered in the movie collage seen above, which was perhaps the most moving and heartwarming and touching element of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony. 

Arguably, The Bill Paxton's Titanic touchstone footage made the Rolex TV commercial a thousand times more emotionally engaging and moving. The Rolex "Celebrating Cinema" Oscar TV commercial also featured a Rolex scene from the movie, Apollo 13, which Bill Paxton also starred in, that came just before the Bill Paxton Titanic scenes.

It is also worth noting that Jennifer Aniston got all choked-up when she mentioned Bill Paxton during the 2017  Academy Awards.

Godspeed, Bill Paxton