It’s been 20 years since Titanic was released.
Two whole decades since we all had a cry when Rose
heartlessly left Jack to perish in a watery grave.
Over the years, we’ve all wondered why she didn’t just let him on the fucking door with her (sorry, I don’t think I’m fully over it yet), so much so that some students even set about proving – mathematically – that he could fit.
Now, the film’s director, James Cameron, has revealed why she didn’t let him on there with him.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, the director was asked:
“Why doesn’t Rose make room for Jack on the door?”
“And the answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple…”
Yeah, fair point, well made.
He then addressed the fact that people are still talking about it all this time later, saying:
“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 also adamantly maintained that he was in the water, with the door, and that it could only have supported one person.
He’s definitely got a point about how endearing the characters and film are, in a recent interview, Kate Winslet revealed that she and Leonardo DiCaprio still quote parts of the movie to each other and people were absolutely over the moon with the news.
Speaking at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last year, she said:
“People are always so excited to see Leo and myself in the same space, which, you know, at the end of the day, is so lovely, isn’t it?
“It’s been 20 years and people still get such a kick out of it.”
You’ll always be the woman who killed Jack to me, Kate.