The eternal question of Titanic fans: was there room on the raft for the 2 protagonists?
An ‘eternal’ question, which has disturbed the sleep of fans for decades and which still did not have a definitive answer. It’s the one on the ‘Titanic’, and it concerns the death of protagonist Jack Dawson (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who died when he decided not to go on the wooden door life raft with his beloved Rose (Kate Winslet). But why doesn’t Jack come up? Why does the protagonist die – for many – unnecessarily, instead of saving himself by getting on board with his beloved? Would he have saved himself by finding a place next to Rose in the middle of the ocean?
Fans have long debated whether Jack could have climbed aboard the wooden raft and potentially saved himself from his dramatic hypothermic drowning after the ship sank. Tired of the endless debate among fans, the film’s director, James Cameron, decided to provide the definitive answer. While touring to promote his new film ‘Avatar: Falling Water’, Cameron opened up about the age-old issue. As reported by the specialized site ‘Deadline Hollywood’, the filmmaker meanwhile stressed to everyone that he had always said that Jack had to die for the love of drama. After all, the story “is Romeo and Juliet in the North Atlantic,” he said.
But this time Cameron has revealed that he has undertaken a scientific study to prove “once and for all” that Jack would not have survived even if he had hoisted himself on the floating door. “We did a scientific study to end this whole thing and drive a stake through his heart once and for all,” Cameron said. “We’ve since done a thorough forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert who reproduced the Raft from the film, and we’ll be doing a little special on it that comes out in February.”
The test, reveals the director, went like this: “We took two stuntmen who had the same body mass as Kate and Leo and we put sensors on them and inside them, and we put them in ice water. Then we tested to see if they could survive a variety of methods and the answer was that there was no way both could survive. Only one could survive.”
This conclusion is different from what the TV show MythBusters came up with, which attempted the same type of test in 2012. Their conclusion was different: “According to all the research we’ve done, I think Jack’s death was for nothing. “, concluded co-host Jamie Hyneman. Now the director of the film removes any doubts: Jack’s renunciation was not in vain.