- Many fans of Titanic believe that Rose and Jack could both fit on the wood, both could have been rescued and survived
- The theory was further publicized by a 2012 episode of Mythbusters
- To finally give closure, Titanic director James Cameron has spoken out on the “could Jack have survived” debate
LOS ANGELES, California – Titanic might be the greatest love story ever captured in film for some; the reason why despite decades that have passed, some movie fans just can’t give up on the theory that both Jack and Rose could have survived from the shipwreck.
An article by Zahra Mulroy for Mirror Co UK described Titanic as a story of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks meeting a girl from the upper-crust lineage, in which boy and girl fall in love against the odds.
At the movie’s climax, when Titanic had sunk into the deep ocean, Rose (Kate Winslet) was on top of a large piece of wreckage, while Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) slowly freezes to death on the icy water.
It was this particular scene that created a divide between the fans as many believe that Rose and Jack can both fit on the wood, both be rescued and survive. The theory was further publicized by a 2012 episode of Mythbusters.
In an episode of Mythbusters, they got two grown men on a plank of wood to see if it would float, which it did.
To finally give closure, Titanic director James Cameron has spoken out on the “could Jack have survived” debate.
An article by Marlon Stern for The Daily Beast said that Cameron reiterated that Jack won’t fit on the wood, and thus, Jack and Rose coulgn’t have shared a happy old ending.
“We’re gonna go there? 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. It’s that simple. You can do all the post-analysis you want,” Cameron started.
The director then went into more detail.
“OK, so let’s really play that out: you’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees [that’s minus 2 in Celsius], your brain is starting to get hypothermia,” the award-winning director explained.
“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,” he added.
Cameron said that Jack’s best choice that time was “to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died.”