Norwegians cause splash with Titanic spoof

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With more than 15 million views in less than two weeks, two Norwegian film students have scored a massive YouTube hit with their trailer for a “Super 3D” version of blockbuster movie Titanic.

Stian Hafstad and Christer Larsen marked the 100th anniversary of the ship’s ill-starred maiden voyage with a clip starring themselves alongside a cast of characters that includes exploding passengers and a stormtrooper from Star Wars.

Going by the name PistolShrimps, the pair have been posting their parodies to YouTube since 2008, but their real breakthrough came when they uploaded the Titanic trailer on April 7th, newspaper Bergens Tidende reports.

“It quickly became our most viewed video,” Hafstad told the newspaper.

“It still has about 730 million fewer hits than Justin Bieber though, so we’ll maybe have to start working a bit harder.”

Hafstad is studying film at Columbia University in New York, while Larsen works for a film company in Bergen.

They began collaborating after meeting up as film students in Bergen and realizing that each harboured dreams of starring in a Harry Potter movie.

Six months later, they donned their school uniforms for debut roles in “Harry Potter and the Outcasts of Hogwarts”.

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“We haven’t earned any money yet, but our aim is to make a living in film, TV or the internet,” said Hafstad.

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