In the last 25 years, ever since James Cameron’s everlasting masterpiece Titanic was released in the cinema in 1997, the director has continually heard everywhere that the final scene, the one in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack dies, is inaccurate as both protagonists could have gotten on the floating door that saves Rose’s life.
However, Cameron is notoriously fussy and scrupulous. For this reason, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the film’s release, he wanted to scientifically prove the likelihood of that scene in the National Geographic special Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron.
Then using two stunt performers and places in the extreme conditions in which Jack and Rose found themselves, he tried various ways to demonstrate how the survival of both was impossible or almost impossible.
Could Jack have survived?
One of the most famous movie moments is Titanic’s climactic sequence, in which Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) freezes to death while protecting Rose (Kate Winslet). This scene has generated a lot of discussion among movie buffs and the general public.
The supporters think Rose might have helped Jack fit onto the floating door with her, saving his life. James Cameron plans to address the topic in the upcoming documentary “Titanic: 25 Years Later,” which will air on National Geographic on Sunday, February 5th.
James Cameron conducts an experiment to end the controversy in a sneak look at the much-awaited program that was posted on Good Morning America’s official Twitter account. The Academy Award-winning director uses a water tank with two stunt performers to evaluate whether two adults might fit onto the floating door in order to replicate the scenario.
.@GMA FIRST LOOK: @natgeo special “Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron” will settle the debate once and for all: could Jack have survived?@JimCameron@natgeotv pic.twitter.com/OkKCXaEkvF— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 2, 2023
James Cameron admitted that Jack could have survived
James Cameron previously admitted that Jack could’ve possibly survived in some of his media interactions and interviews. He stated on Mythbusters in 2012 that “The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up. The board should have been a little smaller, but he’s going down.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017, Cameron explained the reason for Jack’s death, saying, “The film is about death and separation, so he had to die. If he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless.”