James Cameron loved working with the “Mythbusters” team, but he doesn’t agree with the results of their “Titanic” episode. The director, who helmed the 1997 blockbuster film, recently spoke with The Daily Beast about the “Mythbusters” episode that claimed Jack could have survived the end of the film.
“OK, so let’s really play that out. You’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. ‘Mythbusters’ asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later — which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you 5-to-10 minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead,” Cameron explained. “So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died.”
“They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of shit,” he added.
A clip from the “Mythbusters” episode reveals Cameron’s initial reaction to the team’s findings. “I think you guys are missing the point here,” he said at the time. “The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up. The board should have been a tiny bit smaller. But the dude’s going down.”
In the original film, main characters Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) survive the sinking of the Titanic, only to be left at the mercy of freezing waters. The couple uses a large door as a flotation device, but both cannot climb on board without their weight sinking their makeshift raft. Jack allows Rose to use the door and thereby saves her life; she goes on to be rescued, then marries and grows old. However, Jack’s life is claimed by the icy water. He ultimately drowns, and their brief love affair is cut short by the tragedy.
This year marks the 20th anniversary since Cameron’s “Titanic” was released in theaters. As of this article, there aren’t any plans for special releases to celebrate this milestone.
(via Entertainment Weekly)
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