Cameron re­veals why Jack had to die in Ti­tanic

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Why did Rose not make room for Jack? This is a ques­tion the world has de­bated and de­bated some more over the years. In the cli­max of James Cameron’s Ti­tanic, Rose (Kate Winslet) could have saved Jack (Leonardo Di­Caprio) by mak­ing some space for him on the door. But she didn’t, and Jack died while Rose lived to a ripe old age to tell us the story. So, could Rose have in­deed saved Jack? And if yes, why didn’t she do so?

In the 1997 movie, Jack sac­ri­fices his po­si­tion on a float­ing piece of de­bris — and chance to live — so that Rose could sur­vive Ti­tanic’s sink­ing. But many view­ers have sug­gested that both could’ve stayed on the makeshift raft and sur­vived. Myth­busters even did an ex­per­i­ment to prove that Jack could have lived.

When Van­ity Fair posed the ques­tion to the film’s di­rec­tor, he blamed it on art and the script. Talk­ing to the mag­a­zine, James Cameron said, “Ob­vi­ously, it was an artis­tic choice; the thing was just big enough to hold her. [Jack] didn’t know that she was gonna get picked up by a lifeboat an hour later.”

He finds an­swer­ing the same ques­tion ‘silly’ but Cameron hu­moured the fans any­way, “It shows that the film was ef­fec­tive in mak­ing Jack so en­dear­ing to the au­di­ence that it hurt them to see him die.”

“Had he lived, the end­ing of the film would have been mean­ing­less. The film is about death and sep­a­ra­tion. So, whether it was that or whether a smoke­stack fell on him, he was go­ing down. It’s called art; things hap­pen for artis­tic rea­sons,” Cameron shared.

PHOTO: GARETH CAT­TER­MOLE/GETTY IMAGES

James Cameron won the Os­car for Best Di­rec­tor for Ti­tanic

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