Titanic director ends debate on Jack’s survival
LOS ANGELES: The director of Academy award winning movie Titanic James Cameron has put an end to the debate regarding the survival of protagonist Jack in his film.
For years, a debate was stirring among critics an film audience whether Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) would have survive if he managed to board the wooden plank with his love-interest Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet).
In an episode of Mythbuster which premiered in 2012, the stars of the show proved scientifically that the couple would have stayed alive if they managed to stabilize themselves on the large wooden plank.
Cameron, in an interview stated, the page 147 of the film script stated that Jack got off the board and gave his place to Rose so that she can survive.”
“It’s that simple. You can do all the post-analysis you want,” Cameron stated.
He went on to explain the science behind Jack’s death as well.
‘OK, so let’s really play that out: 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 five to ten minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work.
The director also said that to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to be rescued before dying.