It’s one of the most debated endings of a movie.
Why didn’t Jack just get onto the board with Rose after the Titanic sank?
Time and time again people have gone out of their way to prove that he would fit, Mythbusters even dedicated a segment about it – including a way to keep the board afloat with the weight of two people on it.
But now director James Cameron has come out and squashed the theories once and for all.
“Look, it’s very, very simple: you read page 147 of the script and it says, ‘Jack gets off the board and gives his place to her so that she can survive.’,” James told The Daily Beast.
“It’s that simple. You can do all the post-analysis you want.”
Directly referring to the Mythbusters episode, Cameron takes a pragmatic approach.
“So you’re talking about the Mythbusters episode, right? Where they sort of pop the myth?” he said.
“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. 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.
“They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of s**t.”
At the time of the Mythbusters episode airing, Cameron also made an appearance to ram home the fact that Jack was supposed to die.
“I think you guys are missing the point here,” he said during the episode.
“The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up.
“The board should have been a tiny bit smaller. But the dude’s going down.”
Sorry Leo Dicaprio!
H/T: Just Jared