Since Titanic came out 25 years ago, debate has raged over a pivotal late scene that has become almost as iconic as the film itself.
Now director James Cameron is hoping to finally put an end to speculation that Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) could have survived the infamous ocean liner sinking if his beloved Rose (Kate Winslet) had just snuck around the ship’s floating door, keeping them away from the freezing waters that eventually claimed so many lives. (It’s a conundrum that has been commented on in the past by Hollywood luminaries like Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, as well as Winslet himself).
Cameron said he conducted a “forensic” study to show the door couldn’t possibly have carried them both.
“We did a scientific study to end this whole thing and put a stake in her heart once and for all,” Cameron told The Toronto Sun on Friday.
“We have since performed a thorough forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert who reproduced the raft from the film,” he continued, adding that they “used two stunt people who had the same body mass as Kate and Leo, and we put sensors all over and in them and we put them in ice water and we tested if they would have survived by a variety of methods and the answer was there was no way they both survived.
“Only one could survive,” Cameron said.
The study will be the subject of a special for National Geographic, according to Cameron, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Titanic’s 4K re-release. However, the network has not yet announced any details.
CNN has reached out to National Geographic for comment.
Cameron, who previously commented on an episode of “Mythbusters” that discussed whether Jack had to die, finally came down to an artistic choice.
“No, he had to die,” Cameron said in the new interview. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. It’s a film about love and sacrifice and mortality. Love is measured in sacrifice.”
The Avatar: Way of Water filmmaker added that his hope with the new Titanic special and Jack’s death scene is that “maybe…maybe…in 25 years, I won’t have to deal with it.”
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