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James Cameron Defends 'Titanic' Ending, Slams 'Mythbusters' Theory That Jack Could Have Lived

James Cameron Defends 'Titanic' Ending, Slams 'Mythbusters' Theory That Jack Could Have Lived

James Cameron is setting the record straight on why Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character Jack had to die at the end of Titanic and why the Mythbusters theory that he could have survived is not valid.

Lots of people have questioned why Jack did not try harder to stay afloat on the board with Rose (Kate Winslet) instead of letting her survive alone.

“Look, it’s very, very simple: you read page 147 of the script and it says, ‘Jack gets off the board and gives his place to her so that she can survive.’ It’s that simple. You can do all the post-analysis you want,” James told The Daily Beast in a new interview.

Click inside to read what he said to debunk the Mythbusters theory…

“So you’re talking about the Mythbusters episode, right? Where they sort of pop the myth?” James added. You can watch the clip of the episode below!


Titanic Survival Results | MythBusters

“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,” James continues. “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. 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. They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of sh-t.”

During the Mythbusters episode, James made an appearance to defend the ending too.

“I think you guys are missing the point here,” he said. “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.”

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  • FrenchGirl

    Breaker of dreams!

  • Surfgirl

    I’m convinced that he never liked Leo! Lol

  • Wendy

    I mean, I just took it as it wouldn’t float with both of them on it. Jack tried to get on it and it started to sink, so he didn’t. Pretty cut and dry. And he’s right, Jack had to die, I think that’s what makes that movie so timeless is the tragic ending, but it was the fact that he was her angel brought to her for such a short time to show her she didn’t have to live a life she didn’t want that made the movie so great.

  • Stephanie

    Let’s just say it once and for all….If the movie “Titanic” had been written by a woman, the ending, it would have gone COMPLETELY different. Based on the “love story” part being strictly fiction, it could have been written any way please. I “get it” BUT “Jack” didn’t HAVE TO DIE in order for “Rose” to live.

    P.S. “Titantic” reminds me of “Casablanca” …I believe a man wrote that as well. Again, if a woman had written that movie (or at least had a hand/say so in it) the ending would have gone differently likewise. I wasn’t a fan of THAT ending either.

  • Dominic Lewis

    Lol. why wouldn’t he defend it…. he made the movie after all.

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