James Cameron Destroys The 'Titanic' Fan Theory That Jack & Rose Could Have Both Fit On That Door
It's a question that dates all the way back to 1997. Could Rose and Jack both have fit on that door in Titanic, in order to prevent Jack's senseless and untimely death? In other words, did Rose really have to "let go?" Really? Come on. Couldn't she have just stopped being a plank hog and scooted over? Here to settle one of the most haunting and polarizing Titanic questions of our time is the director of the seminal 1997 film, James Cameron. He recently gave an interview to the Daily Beast and (once and for all) tried to debunk the age-old theory that there was more than enough room for both Jack and Rose on that door.
"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." But, is it?
Update, 11/26/17: In an interview with Vanity Fair, Cameron is still holding steady on this opinion, citing storytelling needs and psychics as the reasons for Jack's death. He told Vanity Fair in an article published on Nov. 26:
Earlier: Titanic truthers have spent 20 years thinking otherwise. Mythbusters even dedicated an episode (2012's "A Titanic Tale") to busting the myth that Jack couldn't have fit on the plank. It was an episode that Cameron appeared on, wherein he declared that we were all missing the point — the point being Jack had to die because it said so in the script. Now, the dream crusher director has some choice words for the conclusion that Mythbusters drew a few years back.
Cameron's original argument on Mythbusters was more of a "Hey, it doesn't matter if we got the prop size wrong, because Jack needed to die so the story made sense and Rose could perish as an old lady, warm in her bed alone, and with her necklace, and her sad memories, and her lots of babies, and everything would be sad, and you would cry." (I'm paraphrasing, but you get it.) From this interview, it sounds like he's changed his tune a bit and really took the time to ruminate over the specifics.
I'm not saying Cameron's wrong; he's the visionary behind the whole story, so he would know the intentions. I'm just saying, can you really break Jack and Rose's all consuming love down to "physics" and "science" and "hypothermia"?
Stay woke, kids.