James Cameron is attempting to finally settle a longstanding debate among “Titanic” super fans.
Could Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack survived the sinking of the Titanic if he’d joined Kate Winslet’s Rose on the floating door she used for survival?
Before the movie hits theaters once again on Feb. 10, Cameron teamed up with National Geographic for a new special, “Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron.” The show will feature Cameron and scientists recreating the floating door scene and testing out four different scenarios to see if Jack could have survived on the raft with Rose.
Cameron and team do find out that Jack could have survived, but it would have not been easy.
One test finds the actors standing in for Jack and Rose both fitting on the door but their weight keeps them submerged in water. Does not pass.
“Out of the water, [his body’s] violent shaking was helping him,” Cameron says, according to Deadline. “Projecting it out, he could’ve made it pretty long. Like, hours.”
A final test shows a scene not in the movie which involves a life jacket.
“He’s stabilized,” Cameron says. “He got into a place where if we projected that out, he just might’ve made it until the lifeboat got there. Jack Might’ve lived, but there’s a lot of variables. I think his thought process was, ‘I’m not going to do one thing that jeopardized her,’ and that’s 100 percent in character.”
“Titanic: 25 Years Later With James Cameron” airs on National Geographic Feb. 5 at 9/8c.
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