It has long been debated whether or not Jack Dawson could have fit on the door with Rose at the heartbreaking end of “Titanic,” with many believing that Leonardo DiCaprio’s character should not have died.
In fact, there have been countless memes circulating the Internet arguing just that.
And Kate Winslet, who played Rose, even admitted in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel last year, “I think he could have actually fit on that bit of door.”
In 2012, “MythBusters” did a segment dedicated to proving this popular theory and how our beloved Jack could have survived the freezing Atlantic waters. The trick? Extra buoyancy.
While it’s obvious two people could physically fit on the door, “MythBusters” revealed that the excess weight would mean their bodies would still be partially submerged in water.
However, by tying Rose’s lifejacket to the bottom of the door to get extra buoyancy, they would have been able to keep about 80 per cent of their body out of the water.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Cameron explained:
“OK, so 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.”
James Cameron on the set of “Titanic” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
“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,” he continued. “[The ‘MythBusters’ are] fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of shit.”
Sounds harsh, but “Titanic” was supposed to be a tragic love story after all. And as the 62-year-old director also pointed out, page 147 of the script read: “Jack gets off the board and gives his place to [Rose] so that she can survive.”
If that isn’t tragic love, we don’t know what is!
R.I.P. Jack Dawson.
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