Director James Cameron tries to put an end to all the questions about how his award-winning movie Titanic ended. The film still gathers strong discussion among fans even after two decades.
Almost 20 years since the blockbuster movie made a record-breaking history, Cameron defended how they concluded the film. Many hearts were broken when Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) died of hypothermia, while Rose (Kate Winslet) survived the freezing water of the Atlantic Ocean at the end of Titanic.
The issue surfaced once again in Cameron’s recent interview with The Daily Beast. The Oscar-winning director was asked whether or not there was plenty of room for the couple in a piece of board. Cameron first laughed and then mentioned a Mythbusters episode.
Back in 2012, the Mythbusters team made some tests to prove that a piece of wooden board can hold two people while in the water. The team claimed Jack could have survived at the end of the movie.
Cameron also appeared in the Mythbusters episode and listened to the team’s conclusion. The TV show hosts concluded that if Jack somehow was able to take off Rose’s life vest and swim underneath to support the wood board, he could have climbed on it and survived.
At the time, Cameron told the television hosts that regardless of the circumstances, Jack will still die because of one simple reason – it was written on the script.
Jack’s Possible Survival, Explored
Now, Cameron defended the ending of Titanic and Jack’s death once again. He stressed to the Daily Beast that Mythbusters’ theory of DiCaprio’s character tying the board would not work at all. The director said Jack would need to spend time tying it underneath and by the time he is done with it, he is already dead.
“Let’s really play that out: 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 five to ten 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.”
Nonetheless, the director said he enjoyed doing the show with the Mythbusters team. “They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of s***.”
Meanwhile, Cameron also talked about his new documentary, titled Atlantis Rising. The documentary focuses on the lost city of Atlantis. It premiered on Sunday, January 29 in National Geographic.
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