Various internet suggestions have popped up recently saying that Jack Dawson, the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, could have lived to see the credits if only selfish Rose would have scooted over on that door a little bit. This fan dust-up is prompting James Cameron, the director of Titanic and god of the box office, to prove to audiences once and for all that Jack had to die.
The best part? He’s teaming up with MythBusters to do it.
You remember the scene. DiCaprio’s Jack and Kate Winslet’s Rose DeWitt Bukater manage to escape the sinking of the Titanic only to be left floating amongst scattered debris, panicked passengers, etc. The star-crossed couple find their way to a door floating in the water, and Jack boosts Rose up onto it so that she can live. He just kind of dangles from the side treading ice water.
Film fans and internet experts have been saying lately that there was plenty of room on that door for two and that Jack could have managed to survive, marry Rose, have babies, and other things that would have made the movie less memorable and guaranteed that we wouldn’t still be talking about it more than 10 years after it came out.
Too bad James Cameron, the guy who made the movie, says that there was no hope for Jack.
Instead of just telling people that Jack had to die and not explaining why the way many movie-gods do, Cameron is actually being quite the gentleman by teaming up with the experts of MythBusters to provide his audience with scientific proof that Jack just couldn’t have beaten the odds.
“It’s interesting ’cause I think MythBusters is gonna tackle this problem, and I’m gonna help them do it, actually. We’re gonna put it to rest,” says Cameron, explaining, “It’s not a question of room (on the plank), it’s a question of buoyancy. When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He’s not an idiot, he doesn’t want to die. And the raft sinks and kind of flips. So it’s clear that there’s only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down.”
Furthermore, Jack died of hypothermia:
“If they he had gotten on (the plank) with her they both would have been half in and half out of the water, even if they could balance on it — and they would have both died (from hypothermia).”
There you go. Jack had to die. Your heart will just have to go on.