How Jack Might Have Survived Titanic

For years, the director avoided fan speculation about the tragic ending of his 1997 film.

Feb 3, 2023 - 17:47
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How Jack Might Have Survived Titanic

According to James Cameron, Jack may have escaped the Titanic.

For years, the director ignored fan conjecture regarding his 1997 film's terrible finale. However, it appears that Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack has survived to have a happily ever after with Rose (Kate Winslet).

Fans of the film may be surprised by this news, as the filmmaker declared explicitly in December that the testing indicated that only one of his protagonists could survive. However, Cameron appears to have overlooked one situation suggested by the tests - one in which Jack might have been able to survive.

The discovery comes in the upcoming National Geographic series "Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron". According to Variety, the extra lends credence to the claim that Cameron could have completed the film without DiCaprio's character dying.

The filmmaker and team placed two stunt duplicates who are nearly identical to Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's roles through a battery of tests in the special.

Cameron disproves the fan idea that there was enough room on the raft for both Jack and Rose to survive in the first test. Although there is enough space for "Jack and Rose to jump onto the raft," as the filmmaker notes, "they are now both buried in deadly amounts of freezing water."

Cameron attempts to place both Jack and Rose on the raft again in the second test. In this test, their bodies are positioned so that their upper halves (which contain important organs) remain above water. In this case, both have a better chance of survival.

Cameron notes this test: "From the water, he was helped by violent shaking (of his body). Projecting that, he could last quite a long time. Like, hours."

The issue with this scenario is its long-term viability. Unlike the traumatized and tired Jack and Rose, the stuntmen were well-rested and able to lift their upper bodies out of the water for extended periods of time.

Cameron urges the stuntmen to undertake all of the strenuous tasks that Jack and Rose go through in the film in order to tire them out in the third and final test. And the filmmaker inserted an extra scene that wasn't in the film: Rose hands Jack her life jacket.

Cameron explains, "He stabilized. He went into a place where, if we designed it, he could make it until the lifeboat got there. Jack may have survived, but there are a lot of variables. I think his thought process was, "

"I'm not going to do anything that puts her in danger, and that's 100 percent in character." 

Post by Bryan C.