The ending of James Cameron’s Titanic has been heavily debated for the last twenty years. Since the film’s release in 1997, people have been asking the question: “Why didn’t Rose share the door with Jack?”
People have long argued that the large, floating wooden door would have been stable enough to support both Jack and Rose and have even used physics to back up their claims. People really didn’t understand why Jack stayed in the water when it meant certain death.
So why did Jack freeze to death? Did he have a death wish? Did Rose have some sinister ulterior motive for not scooching over a bit and letting Jack up? Is there more to Titanic’s love story than meets the eye?
Well, in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, James Cameron shed some light on why Jack didn’t hop on the floating door with Rose and saved himself from the icy Atlantic waters.
James Cameron said the answer to the question is actually “very simple.” The explanation for why Jack didn’t jump on the door with Rose: “…because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies.”
Oh, well thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Cameron. While that answer might not satisfy diehard fans of the film, Cameron did go on to add a little bit more insight into why he felt the character Jack had to die.
The primary reason James Cameron felt the character Jack had to die seems to be the fact the audience wanted him to stay alive.
Cameron added in the interview with Vanity Fair: “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…”
And Cameron even took a shot at those who used physics to prove Jack could have lived, saying: “It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”
So there you go. Jack didn’t jump onto the door with Rose because the movie’s ending would have suffered as a result.