James Cameron’s Titanic is unarguably the most popular films ever made in the history of world cinema. Everything about the film was perfect.
However, there are few questions about the film, which have been discussed a lot ever since the release of the movie. Any guess, folks! We are talking about questions like “Could Jack be on that wooden plank? Was there enough space for Jack?”.
Recently, the same question was asked to the Academy Award-winning director James Cameron in the interview with Daily Beast. The director had a perfect reply to the same.
That topic was so discussed that even Discovery channel can’t ignore it. The popular show of Discovery Channel, ‘Mythbusters’ even tried to prove that the wooden plank could have held the couple.
When the same question was asked to James Cameron, he said that Jack had to die, as it was written in the script. Talking about the same, he said, “Had Jack lived, the ending of the film would have had no meaning. And the answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple. . . . 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. But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die,”
He further added in the interview with Vanity Fair, “Had he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless. . . . 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,”
But as we all know that James is a very profession director and very careful when it comes to physical aspects of filmmaking. When interviewers asked him about the logic behind that scene, he said, “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 degrees water so that she could survive the three hours it took until the rescue ship got there.”
He further added,
“[Jack] didn’t know that she was gonna get picked up by a lifeboat an hour later; he was dead anyway. And we 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.”
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