James Cameron Finally Reveals Why Jack And Rose Couldn’t Fit On The Wooden Plank Together

The question that has boggled us for 20 years:

There was space for two people on that door!


That floating door could not have held two people, James Cameron, the director of Titanic says.

The Daily Beast in a recent interview asked the Oscar-winning director the question that has been in talks since 1997.

“Could Jack be on that wooden plank? Was there enough space for Jack?”

In fact, the topic was so discussed that Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters tried to prove that the couple could have survived.


To which he explained that Jack had to die because it was in the script. He says,

“Had Jack lived, the ending of the film would have had no meaning. And the answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple. . . . Obviously, it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him . . . I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later. 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 ending of the film would have been meaningless. . . . The film is about death and separation; he had to die. 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,”  he added in an interview with Vanity Fair.


Since we know that the director is very careful about the physical aspects of filmmaking, the interviewer asked him about the logic. Cameron said, I was in the water with the piece of wood putting 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 degrees water so that she could survive the three hours it took until the rescue ship got there.

[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.”

So, what do you think about it?

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