James Cameron has FINALLY addressed the 'Titanic' ending
I won’t let go, Jack
There is one question that burns in every Titanic fan's mind and it has nothing to do with an iceberg or a sinking ship: why didn't Rose move over to make room for Jack on the floating door? Finally, after twenty years, we have an answer from the powers that be. Titanic director James Cameron spoke to Vanity Fair to commemorate the films' 20th anniversary and when asked about the aforementioned scene, his response was icy.
"[T]he answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies," Cameron said in the interview. "Obviously it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him... I think it's all kind of silly, really, that we're having this discussion 20 years later." Who knew an ice-cold response could burn so bad?
And before you even think about arguing the technicalities, the director has some more words for you. "The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It's called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons." Clearly Cameron has been asked this question one too many times over beers at the pub. He was however sympathetic to the impact young Leo had on audiences: "It does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die. [But] [h]ad he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless."
And just in case you're not sold on Cameron's harsh reality, he even tested the physics out for himself. "I was in the water with the piece of wood putting people on it for about two days 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," Cameron told Vanity Fair. [W]e 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."
I don't know Cameron; I don't think we just can just let go of this one.
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