Did James Cameron Murder Jack on ‘Titanic’
Director James Cameron is sick and tired of people questioning why Jack was killed off in Titanic.
Jack was played by Leonardo DiCaprio who died sinking into the frigid water while his co-star Kate Winslet’s Rose survived on a makeshift raft.
The thing is that that door that Rose was floating on, the one that kept her alive, was big enough to support Jack also.
Given that the raft was big enough for two means that Cameron murdered Jack.
“I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later,” Cameron told Vanity Fair in a new interview. “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. Had he lived, the end of the film would have been meaningless.”
So it would seem that the director ‘had’ to murder Jack to make the movie more exciting.
“The film is about death and separation; he had to die,” Cameron told the magazine. “So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”
Then Cameron did a 180 on the subject and said it wasn’t his fault that Jack died.
“I was in the water with the piece of wood putting two people on it for about two days getting it exactly buoyant enough so that it would support one person with full free-board, meaning that she wasn’t immersed at all in the 28-degree water so that she could survive the three hours it took until the rescue ship got there,” Cameron said. “(Jack) didn’t know that she was gonna get picked up by a lifeboat an hour later; he was dead anyway. And we very, very finely tuned it to be exactly what you see in the movie because I believed at the time, and still do, that that’s what it would have taken for one person to survive.”
And there you have it, James Cameron murdered Jack and doesn’t want to hear your questions about it because the raft wasn’t big enough for two. We think putting a little puppy on the raft would have even made the scene more memorable. Or Jack holding a puppy while sinking would be interesting.