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Titanic Director OVER The 'Jack Could've Survived' Theories

OK, so it’s been juuuust about 20 years since Rose told Jack’s cold dead body that she’d never let go, but James Cameron is, quite frankly, sick of the fact that the rest of us can’t.

The director of Titanic has spoken out about the doomed lovers, saying that despite all the theories (and the Mythbusters episode which tackled the controversy of that piece of wood), Jack had to die for the ending to have any meaning.

 “I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later,” Cameron told Vanity Fair.

“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.”

Cameron addressed Jack and Rose’s final scene together years ago, saying it wasn’t a question of room on the wooden door ‘raft’, but buoyancy.


“Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he gets on the raft — He’s not an idiot; he doesn’t want to die — and then the raft sinks.  So it’s clear that there’s really only enough buoyancy available for one person.  So, he makes a decision to let her be that person,” he said at the time.

In his latest interview, he said that regardless of how Jack died, either by smoke stack or that god-damn floating piece of wood, Jack was always going to go down.

“It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”

Cameron, who is usually a stickler for things like physics, said he was in the water with the piece of wood putting people on it for about two days.

“[I] was 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 said.

“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.”

Well, OK. I mean, we still maintain that Jack and Rose could’ve both survived, but OK.

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