More than 2 decades after it was released, people are still talking about Titanic. This blockbuster film stole the hearts of the young and old. But how accurate was it?
A common fan theory that keeps popping up questions whether Jack’s death necessary, or not. It seems like the big door that Rose got on after the ship sank could have fit 2. But could it?
James Cameron, the director of the 1997 film, once and for all debunked all of the theories out there in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“OK, so let’s really play that out,” Cameron said. “You’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia Mythbusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later — which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you 5-to-10 minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died.”
Back in 2012 Mythbusters came up with the idea of taking off Rose’s life vest off and tying it to the bottom of the door to give it additional buoyancy so it could hold both Rose and Jack, thus preventing Jack’s untimely death.
They presented their findings to Cameron directly in the show.
At the time he responded “I think you guys are missing the point here. The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up. The board should have been a tiny bit smaller. But the dude’s going down.”
There have been tons of fan theories about how both of them could have survived, but hindsight is 20/20 and in the moment, after everything that happened, this was the only way it could have gone down.
Cameron added about the Mythbusters series: “They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of sh–.”
Titanic is full of different fan theories, did Jack even exist?
What do you think?