James Cameron ‘Proves’ Why Jack Had To Die While Rose Survived
James Cameron claims to have conclusively demonstrated that Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, could not have survived the famed "floating door" sequence involving Kate Winslet's Rose in Titanic and have scientific proof of why jack had to die while Rose survived.Daisy-Mae SchmittDec 23, 20228 Shares360 Views
Director James Cameron said in a postscript 25 years after the release of one of this generation's most enduring movies that fans should stop blaming Rose for the death of her boyfriend, Jack, because the life raft that saved her from the Titanic can only fit one person and it is supported by science.
James Cameron claims to have conclusively demonstrated that Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, could not have survived the famed "floating door" sequence involving Kate Winslet's Rose in Titanic and have scientific proof of why Jack had to die while Rose survived.
Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack lost his life to hypothermia after hanging onto the edge of the raft that Rose, played by Kate Winslet, was using to keep herself afloat.
MythBusters, a segment of Discovery channel, tested the scenario in real-world circumstances in 2012 and they concluded that, indeed, there are specific conditions allowing both of them to ride the raft and live happily ever after, despite years of heated discussion between heartbroken fans and science enthusiasts.
However, James Cameron is eager to clear things up and prove that the two could not have both survived and had their happy ending.
Cameron said that he had commissioned "a scientific study to put this whole thing to rest and drive a stake through its heart once and for all" in an interview with Postmedia. Since the movie's 1997 debut, there has been much debate about Jack's fate. Rose manages to escape the tragic sinking of the doomed ocean liner by clambering up a wooden panel, while Jack perishes in the icy water from hypothermia because the panel is allegedly unable to support both of their weight.
We have since done a thorough forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert who reproduced the raft from the movie … We took two stunt people who were the same body mass of Kate and Leo and we put sensors all over them and inside them and we put them in ice water and we tested to see whether they could have survived through a variety of methods and the answer was, there was no way they both could have survived. Only one could survive.- Director James Cameron
Cameron claims that Jack "had to die" in order to advance the plot.
It’s like Romeo and Juliet. It’s a movie about love and sacrifice and mortality. The love is measured by the sacrifice.- Director James Cameron
Prior to being surpassed by James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster Avatar, Titanic ranked as the highest-grossing movie of all time when it was released in 1997.
Cameron apologized to the fans who hoped to keep their favorite Jack but insisted that it was his decision for the jovial Jack to pass away in the movie.
Maybe I didn’t do it in a way that everyone agrees with, but Jack had to die. It’s that simple. If I had to make the raft a little bit smaller, I'll make it smaller. Maybe after 25 years, I don't have to deal with this anymore.- Director James Cameron
The study's findings will be aired on National Geographic on Valentine's Day 2023, just in time for the re-release of Titanic.