Director James Cameron Answers Debate Over Whether Jack Could've Fit on Door

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Twenty-five years after the Titanic release, James Cameron is finally ending the long debate in the film's history: Could Jack have fit on the door in Titanic? If you are an ardent fan of the romantic movie, that means you have also considered the scenario and whatever your argument towards the scene might've been, James, the director, has revealed if the door that helped save Kate Winslet was big enough for both actors.

Keep reading to find out more.

All About The Debatable Scene

When the R.M.S. Titanic finally sinks into the ocean and the remaining passengers begin to drown from hypothermia, Rose survives by lying on a floating door in the water. Although, Jack does not join her, though, because they keep falling over while attempting to squeeze on the door together (and unfortunately, it leads to his demise).

Fans believed that Jack could fit in and they would've survived following his tragic ending. However, Titanic's James Cameron is stepping forward to demonstrate that it simply wasn't feasible.

Why Only One Would Have Survived?

Rose and Jack
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In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Cameron stated he recently conducted "forensic research" demonstrating why the door could not have held them both.

“We have done a scientific study to put this whole thing to rest and drive a stake through its heart, once and for all.”

He added, “We have since done a thorough forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert who reproduced the raft from the movie.” Cameron noted that they used “two stunt people who were the same body mass as Kate and Leo” and he added, “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.”

The Avatar: The Way of the Water filmmaker concluded by saying, “Only one could survive.”

A New Special To Explain James' Theory

However, a new special will air on National Geographic to celebrate the anniversary of Titanic as it is set to debut in 2023. We are guessing February is just in time for the remastered version of Titanic to be released before Valentine's Day.

People can disagree all they want, but Jack's death was a creative choice that Cameron wanted to make anyway, as he said in a Mythbusters episode.

“He needed to die,” Cameron said. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. It’s a movie about love and sacrifice and mortality. The love is measured by the sacrifice.”

Why Titanic Remains The Most Iconic Movie In History

On the other hand, Titanic is the ideal synthesis of myth and reality. Particularly the last item provides Titanic a benefit that most movies lack: name recognition. The historical figures aboard the ship are also introduced to us through Rose and Jack, and it is intriguing to observe, looking back on the movie, how James Cameron employs them.

Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron's eagerly anticipated and much-discussed Avatar sequel, is currently playing in theaters while we wait to see the results of this experiment, we can appreciate his work in this latest project.