Near, far, wherever you are, one “Titanic” controversy still goes on.
If you recall, there is a long-running debate about whether Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 classic, would have actually fit on the floating wooden door and survived alongside Rose (Kate Winslet) at the end of the movie.
A quarter century later, a viral video has once again divided fans of the disaster film's love story.
In the movie, as the massive oceanliner is sinking, Rose pulls herself out of the icy water and on to the door, while Jack stays submerged at her side. Eventually he lets go and sinks, making for a very romantically tragic moment.
Since its release, many have debated if Jack coukld have actually fit onto the door with Rose and lived.
Leave it to an inquisitive TikTokker named jtallan to recently reignite the debate.
While visiting Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, jtallan posted a video he took of the wooden prop door from the film which is on display there. From his caption, it seemed jtallan was just excited to find out that the prop still existed and was sitting there in front of his eyes.
“Did you know this?” the TikTokker asked. “I love the history and facts in #disney.” The talking text in the video continued, “Did you know the wooden panel used in the movie ‘Titanic’ is located in Disney Springs?”
Little did jtallan know that his simple post would light up the debate match again.
In the video, it pans to show a plaque next to the door prop, showing Rose and Jack in their wooden door peril. Indeed, the partial door piece does look like it could never have held two adults.
Nevertheless, that was enough to get a boatload of "Titanic" fans ramping up the debate once again in the comments.
“Oh damn I take it back,” said one commenter, “there was only room for one person.” Another disagreed and wrote: “They could’ve both fit.” A third admitted, “Maybe there wasn’t room for two of them. Looks a lot smaller.” That would fit into everyone’s notion that everything looks bigger on the big screen.
One crestfallen fan had to admit, “So maybe they both couldn’t fit after all.” Then once again, a defiant one jumped in with, “And I will always say there is room for two on there hahahahahah.”
If any of jtallan’s followers want to try to track down the film’s legendary director, James Cameron, to get his expert view, don’t waste your time. He thinks the whole discussion is a waste of time.
As he told BBC Radio 1 back in 2019 when the topic came up, “But if you really want to unearth all the dumbass arguments associated with it, I mean, let’s go back. I mean, yes – could Romeo have been smart and not taken the poison? Yes,” said the director, citing maybe the classic Shakespearean tale debate. “Could he have decided not to bring his little dagger, just in case Juliet might stab herself with it? Yes, absolutely. It sort of misses the point.”
Admittedly, by 2019, Cameron, who no doubt is eyeballs deep in "Titanic" trivia, was just getting a little tired of talking about it, what with working on his next humongous blockbuster, “Avatar 2.”
In 2017, he gave a slightly more definitive, if just as metaphysical answer during a Vanity Fair chat.
“The answer is very simple” he said, “because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies.” Meaning however it happens, it was going to happen. Much of the “debate” includes the charming hope that somehow the two lovers could've made it.
But again, the less romantic Cameron added that it was “very silly” that people are still questioning the scene after all these years.
“The film is about death and separation,” said Cameron, “he had to die. 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, not for physics reasons.”
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