Leonardo DiCaprio is basking in the limelight once again, as The Revenant earns its place among other Oscar nominees, and Kate Winslet couldn’t be happier for her former Titanic (1997) co-star. Having seen DiCaprio mentioned so prominently in recent months has left Kate pondering the past James Cameron hit and how time has changed Leonardo, since their shared experiences on the doomed ocean liner. Ms. Winslet recently commented on that which has often bothered Titanic fans, confirming that there had been enough room for Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) to share the raft with his love, Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate, herself.
Titanic Star Kate Winslet Talks About The Ways In Which Leonardo DiCaprio Has Changed
Some actors, like Winslet and DiCaprio, perform so well together that their fans often try to urge them into a real life romance, so, when Kate and Leonardo do appear in public together, it drives fans wild. Something like that is hard not to notice by the actors Ms. Winslet couldn’t help but to comment on it, during a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live guest appearance.
“People are always so excited to see Leo and myself in the same space, which you know at the end of the day that is so lovely, isn’t it.”
The Titanic actress also revealed that she and DiCaprio shared a good laugh at the SAG Awards over the public’s excitement at seeing the two of them together again. Even so, Ms. Winslet expressed her own opinion of her former co-star, who she again worked with in Revolutionary Road (2009), commenting on how the past 20 years have changed him.
“He’s a stronger actor in this moment than he’s ever been,” says Winslet. “I think he’s more handsome than he’s ever been. And he feels, to me, the most settled he’s ever felt, in himself, right now, which is quite strange, really, given that there’s a lot happening around him.”
Kate says there are some things about Leo that will never change. This is particularly true of his loyalty, as she reveals that he still maintains friendships he made while filming Titanic.
Did Rose Let Jack Die On Titanic? Kate Winslet Thinks So
It’s probably one of the most memorable endings in cinematic history, though not for the reasons fans might have liked. Instead, Titanic will forever be remembered for Rose promising to “never let go” and, seconds later, doing precisely that. In fact, there are countless memes circulating the vast wasteland of the internet, seeking to prove there was enough room aboard that makeshift raft for two people — if only Rose had not been so selfish.
Ms. Winslet’s visit to Kimmel’s talk show deviated from Kate’s musings on how her former co-star has matured through the years, as the subject of that scene was brought up once again.
“People were very excited that you were sitting next to or near [DiCaprio] at the show, even though in a way you let him freeze to death in the water, because the way I see it —”
“No, I agree,” Winslet interrupted, nodding. “You know, I think he could have actually fit on that bit of door.”
“There was plenty of room on the raft!” Kimmel said.
In defense of his film, James Cameron once commented that it wasn’t an issue of room, but of buoyancy. The Titanic director says that Jack tried, and failed, to pull himself up onto the door-turned-raft without pulling it underwater. Cameron says it was Jack’s choice, made out of love, to let Rose live.
It certainly is a romantic notion and it might have fooled fans, if Mythbusters hadn’t come along. The team recreated the scene using historically accurate clothing, life preservers, and wood for the door. Estimating that Rose survived aboard the raft for 63 minutes, before securing rescue, the Mythbusters team staged the experiment for the same duration. By tying a life jacket to the underside of the raft, the wood was able to support two people for the full 63 minutes.
“However noble Jack’s intentions might have been, sometimes discretion is the better half of valor,” Mythbusters host Jamie Hyneman said. “With all we’ve learned, I think Jack’s death was needless.”
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