It’s been over two decades since the iconic movie Titanic was released. Fans immediately went gaga over the 1997 movie, by James Cameron which was based on a true story. Young Leonardo DiCaprio a.k.a Hollywood’s chocolate boy, being the hero of the movie suffered a sad and unconventional ending which caused a massive roar in the theatres. Even to this day, with more than two decades passing by, people still wonder if there was enough room for Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) on the floating wooden piece beside Rose (Kate Winslet), so as to fulfill their love story.
James Cameron finally commissioned a scientific study with two stunts-people, 26 years later, to address the raging questions. Guess we all know the answer to the study, for we believed right after watching the movie that Jack could have been saved, but what’s done is done.
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James Cameron addresses the question if Jack could have survived
James Cameron teased Titanic fans in December 2022, by informing them about his scientific study that he performed to address if Jack could have lived. With fans debating for more than two decades, Cameron thought it was finally time to make sure Jack could have had a happy ending. National Geographic is hosting an upcoming special Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron, that details the scientific study commissioned by the director, with two stunts-people.
Although Cameron initially told the press with forensic analysis that “only one could survive”, he finally admits that there was enough room on the door raft, making a possible outcome that Jack “might have lived”.
The director hired two stunts-people who were height and weight wise similar to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, to conduct the iconic Titanic raft scene in a pool. After the first test, Cameron shrugged off the possibility, since the stunt duo’s bodies were majorly submerged. He stated, “Jack and Rose to get on the raft, they’re now both submerged in dangerous levels of freezing water,”.
Even Kate Winslet was asked in an interview about her predictions, about whether Jack could have lived or not. To which Winslet replied, “I have to be honest: I actually don’t believe that we would have survived if we had both gotten on that door.”
.@GMA FIRST LOOK: @natgeo special “Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron” will settle the debate once and for all: could Jack have survived?@JimCameron@natgeotv pic.twitter.com/OkKCXaEkvF
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 2, 2023
However, after failing twice, the director conducts the third and final test with Rose handing over her life jacket to Jack and after the strenuous activity, Jack survives. “He’s stabilized. He got into a place where if we projected that out, he just might’ve made it until the lifeboat got there. Jack might’ve lived, but there’s a lot of variables.” Cameron admitted.
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Twitteratis are spamming the social media site in response to James Cameron’s study
The first look of the National Geographic special, Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron premiered on Good Morning America on Tuesday. The reenactment of the scene where Rose was on the floating debris and Jack was submerged in the ice-cold water, was performed by stunt doubles under Cameron’s observation.
After using multiple techniques and undergoing three different tests, it was finally concluded that Jack could have survived with a little help and cooperation from Rose. Since the first snippet of the National Geographic special was shared with the audience, people spammed Twitter with their opinions and theories.
Except Myth Busters did this a decade ago and proved that despite Jack being able to fit on the door, it actually would have been too much weight and sank the door.
— Ryan William 🌹🚀 (@x_RyWilliamCM) February 3, 2023
After going through James Cameron’s scientific study, a few twitteratis claimed that “Except Myth Busters did this a decade ago and proved that despite Jack being able to fit on the door, it actually would have been too much weight and sank the door.”
Well, it’s too late now, Cameron!!
— Shannon 📷 (@Shannon_Newton) February 4, 2023
Some fans even expressed that it was too late for Jack “Well, it’s too late now, Cameron!!”. Others simply stated their observation and theories, “But they were going through something very traumatic, dangerous and they were close to hypothermia; It makes total sense that they didn’t analyze whether they would float together.”
but they were going through something very traumatic, dangerous and they were close to hypothermia; It makes total sense that they didn't analyze whether they would float together.
— TonyDelarosa (@Tony_DelaRosa) February 4, 2023
Most fans among all stated how they knew since the beginning that Jack could have survived if Rose was a bit more considerate. “That’s what I’ve been saying this whole time.” one said, while another pointed out “Only took 20 years and a documentary team to finally get him to admit something literally everyone who has ever seen the film know instantly”.
Only took 20 years and a documentary team to finally get him to admit something literally everyone who has ever seen the film know instantly
— Say What? (@GrahamHehir) February 3, 2023
It seems evident that most people already knew about Jack’s chances of survival, but somehow believe that his death is what made the film even more realistic, for in real life people seldom get happy endings.
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