The infamous Titanic door looked big enough for Rose and Jack, so why did only one survive?
It’s been 20 years since Titanic hit theatres - which means fans have had two decades to be mad at James Cameron over Jack’s death.
And to celebrate the movie’s anniversary, the director sat down with Vanity Fair where he tried (and failed) to make us all get over Jack's death once and for all.
During the interview Cameron was straight-up asked: “why doesn’t Rose make room for Jack on the door?” But, warning, his answer is a little unsatisfying.
James Cameron has tried to explain Jack's death in Titanic
“The answer is very simple because it says on page 147 of the script that Jack dies. Very simple,” Cameron said.
“Obviously it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him . . . I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later.
“But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die. Had he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless. . . .
“The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”
But Cameron then decided to get into the ‘physics reasons’ to prove a point.
“I was in the water with the piece of wood putting people on it for about two days getting it exactly buoyant enough so that it would support one person with full free-board, meaning that she wasn’t immersed at all in the 28 degree water so that she could survive the three hours it took until the rescue ship got there,” he explained.
“Jack didn’t know that she was gonna get picked up by a lifeboat an hour later; he was dead anyway. And we very, very finely tuned it to be exactly what you see in the movie because I believed at the time, and still do, that that’s what it would have taken for one person to survive.”
So that’s 20 years of debate put to rest. Floating door or not, Jack had to die. Get over it.
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