James Cameron Reveals Why Rose Left Jack To Die In Ice Cold Waters In 'Titanic'
‘Titanic’ was an iconic movie, the memories of which are still fresh in our minds even after 20 years of its release. While, we thoroughly enjoyed the budding romance between Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, by the end of the movie many people started feeling sorry for Jack and started hating or pitying Rose.
“How can you be so selfish and heartless, Rose? How can you let your lover Jack, the one you saved from the evil hands of Caledon Hockley, drown in the icy cold water?” These phrased echo to this very day, as that heartbreaking scene became a masterpiece with people idolizing Jack as the epitome of true love, who gave up his life to save Rose.
The world cried buckets and filled the already sinking ship with their tears, when they saw Jack’s dead body sink into the black depths of the Atlantic. Their hearts cursed Rose for not letting him take shelter on that big f**king door she was holding on to, watching him sink in the bed of ocean.
Honestly, it was only after we watched ‘Game of Thrones’ season 6 that we realised that this was the second most brutal death where a door was involved. The first being Hodor.
Was that wooden plank really small for two people? Over these years, we all have wondered and criticized poor Rose for Jack not fitting on the plank. Some ‘Titanic’ fans went up to the extent where they came up with their own theories and mathematical calculations to prove that there was enough space for two people to fit in.
Now, finally after 20 years, Director James Cameron has revealed the real reason behind Jack’s death and the answer is not lack of space or Hypothermia as many people argue. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Cameron was asked the question that has haunted people for the longest time now, “Why doesn’t Rose make room for Jack on the door?”
Honestly, we were expecting some logic-based reasoning behind this, but his answer left us dumbfound. He said, “And the answer is very simple because it says on page 147 (of the script) that Jack dies. Very simple…” Well, it does make sense but he did go on to explain why he let Jack die.
He even mentioned about how people are still discussing this after so many years, “I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussing 20 years later.” He further added, “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.”
He explained that had the character of Jack lived, the ending would have been meaningless since the film was about death and separation. “It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons,” he further added. So all you folks who are still calculating the measurement of that door to prove that he could have fit in, you all can go home now.
Jack was so shocked by his death in ‘Titanic’ that in his afterlife, he chose to go the YOLO way by first indulging in alcohol and being a womanizer in ‘Wolf of The Wall Street’ and then later fighting a wild bear in ‘The Revenant’.