James Cameron Debunks Leonardo DiCaprio Getting Saved Theory in Titanic, Proves It With Cold, Hard Science

James Cameron Debunks Leonardo DiCaprio Getting Saved Theory in Titanic, Proves It With Cold, Hard Science
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Titanic director James Cameron is finally debunking fan theories of Jack’s survival 25 years after the film premiered. One of the top-grossing movies of all time, Titanic became a pop culture phenomenon, and with it came several suggestions on how the movie should have ended.

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Jack and Rose in Titanic (1997)

Perhaps fans are still not over Jack’s death, but his fate is already determined in the story, says Cameron. Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) let himself drown to give enough space for Rose (Kate Winslet) in the floating piece of wood. The young lad succumbs to hypothermia after prolonged exposure to the icy waters.

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James Cameron Reveals The Science Behind Jack’s Death In Titanic

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James Cameron

Both the cast and avid lovers of the film have posited their own suggestions on how Jack could have survived the tragedy. During his promotion of Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron finally breaks his silence and gives the fans a cold but backed-by-science explanation via Toronto Sun:

We have done a scientific study to put this whole thing to rest and drive a stake through its heart once and for all. We have since done a thorough forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert who reproduced the raft from the movie, and we’re going to do a little special on it that comes out in February.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

The director gave a detailed explanation of the process of executing the scene based on realistic cases.

We took two stunt people who were the same body mass of Kate and Leo and we put sensors all over them and inside them and we put them in ice water and we tested to see whether they could have survived through a variety of methods and the answer was, there was no way they both could have survived. Only one could survive.”

With all these explanations, fans needed to hear from Cameron if he ever wanted to save Jack, and he firmly said no. Jack was supposed to die, and the director likened Jack and Rose’s story to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He said it is a movie about “love and sacrifice and mortality,” and that “love is measured by the sacrifice.”

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Fans Will Get To Watch Titanic Again In High Resolution

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

As mentioned, James Cameron and his team prepared for the experiment, which will air on National Geographic this February 2023. The movie will be restored in 4K resolution and will be released in theaters on Valentine’s Day.

Cameron jokingly wishes he won’t have to deal with the same theories of Jack’s survival again after 25 years.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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