James Cameron is one of the rare people in Hollywood who can freely speak his mind without fear of repercussions. He’s directed the highest grossing movie of all time twice in his career (topping himself with Avatar), and you get the sense that even if he never made a movie again, he’d be just fine tinkering with submarines or developing camera technology until the day he died. (Incidentally, he’s making a bunch more Avatar movies, so we probably won’t have to worry about that situation occurring any time soon.)
One of the things he’s had to speak out about tons of times since Titanic’s release is the ending of the movie, in which Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) dies because he lets Rose (Kate Winslet) float on top of a door. Cameron has been a good sport about this in the past, teaming up with Mythbusters a few years ago to tackle the concept:
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Cameron addressed the “controversy” once again when the reporter asked whether there was room for both of them on the door:
[Laughs] We’re gonna go there? Look, it’s very, very simple: you read page 147 of the script and it says, “Jack gets off the board and gives his place to her so that she can survive.” It’s that simple. You can do all the post-analysis you want. So you’re talking about the Mythbusters episode, right? Where they sort of pop the myth? 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 five to ten minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. 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.
Classic Cameron. I love that guy.