In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic, James Cameron was asked about the long-running dispute over the ending of the 1997 film.
When a piece of wood debris from the title ship keeps Rose (Kate Winslet) out of the freezing water while her lover Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) ceases, viewers, particularly Mythbusters have wondered things like, “There had to room for both of them on there.”
Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters prove that both Jack and Rose could have survived using their lifejackets tied to the door for added buoyancy.
“OK, so let’s really play that out,” Cameron said. “You’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. Mythbusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later — which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you 5-to-10 minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died.”
Cameron added about the Mythbusters series: “They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of sh–.”
Back in 2012, the Mythbusters team presented Cameron with the results from their tests. “I think you guys are missing the point here,” Cameron said at the time. “The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up. The board should have been a tiny bit smaller. But the dude’s going down.”