The question still haunts the audiences two decades later– Why couldn’t Jack and Rose share the door as the ship was sinking? It definitely seemed like they both had enough room!
James Cameron, Titanic’s director finally revealed the answer!
During a recent interview, after being asked about it, he explained:
‘And the answer is very simple because it says on page 147 that Jack dies. Very simple…’ he joked.
Thanks for that James, we had no idea!
He went on to say that it’s really silly people still talk about it 20 years since its release.
‘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’ve been meaningless. . . . The film’s 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 is called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons,’ he added.
Well, then you should’ve made Rose float on something smaller so no one would get bugged about it….right?
Still, Cameron is well known for the fact that he always pays close attention to being scientifically accurate and so he went on to explain the scene from a scientific point of view as well.
‘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’d support one person with full free-board, meaning that she was not immersed at all in the 28 degrees water so she could survive the three hours it took until the rescue ship got there. And we finely tuned it to be exactly what you see in the film because I believed at the time, and still do, that that is what it would have taken for one person to survive,’ the director stated.
Okay, that makes more sense! Maybe the debate is finally over?