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James Cameron Explains Why Rose Lets Jack Die At The End Of 'Titanic'--And It's Not Due To Physics
5 months ago

So, we're all agreed that Jack totally could have fit with Rose on that floating door and survived the same way she did at the end of Titanic, right?

In fact, here's a diagram of exactly how:

This is a question that many have pondered over the years, and now, we finally get to hear Director James Cameron's thoughts on the matter.

In a recent Vanity Fair interview, Cameron was asked just why Jack couldn't just jump up on the door with Rose. 

His not so satisfying response:

Obviously it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him...

Was it though? Was it really?

It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.

But did he really have to die?

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. 

OK, we have to admit, artistically, he has a point. 

I mean:

And what about the fact that people are still obsessing over the question in 2017...

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. 

Yeah, 20 years later, this still really hurts:

James Cameron seems done with this debate, but something tells me Titanic fans are so not...

Check back with us in another 20, James, maybe we'll be over it then.