Titanic: 8 Important Characters Who Existed In Real Life

How He Was Portrayed In The Movie: Besides Cal Hockley (Billy Zane), Ismay is the closest thing to a villain Titanic had, and boy, was this guy a piece of work. By all accounts, Jonathan Hyde's portrayal of the White Star Line chairman is pretty...

Titanic: 8 Important Characters Who Existed In Real Life

How He Was Portrayed In The Movie: Besides Cal Hockley (Billy Zane), Ismay is the closest thing to a villain Titanic had, and boy, was this guy a piece of work. By all accounts, Jonathan Hyde's portrayal of the White Star Line chairman is pretty spot on, including the cowardice the character shows in the final moments of his prized ship when he sneaks aboard a lifeboat. One point of contention, however, comes from a scene in which Ismay pressures Captain Smith to speed things along to make better time.

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