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James Cameron Debunked Popular ‘Titanic’ Theory Using Science

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Director James Cameron has had enough of fan theories that claim Jack could have survived on the wooden plank with Rose at the end of Titanic.

The 1997 release became a global phenomenon and has continued to be one of the most beloved movies of all time. One contentious thing about the movie, however, is its end where Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose’s (Kate Winslet) love story meets its tragic end when the former freezes to death in the chilly sea after the titular ship sank. Jack remains in the water as he hoists Rose up on a floating wooden plank to save her and dies of hypothermia.

Over the years, many fan theories have claimed that the wooden plank, a piece broken off from a fancy door on the ship, could have handled both Rose and Jack, if only she had scooted over a little.

Many physics enthusiasts on the Internet have pointed out the fallacy of the theory and explained that the plank couldn’t have handled both of them at the same time.

Finally, Cameron has weighed in on the debate and has settled the matter with a scientific study he commissioned for the same.

With the study, the director has scientifically proved that Jack couldn’t have survived the end of the movie and the theory is baseless.

In an interview, Cameron claimed that he commissioned the study to “put the whole thing to rest and drive a stake through its heart once and for all.”

Through forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert, he has proven that there was no way both of them could have survived the freezing waters. “We have since done a thorough forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert who reproduced the raft from the movie. We took two stunt people who were the same body mass of Kate and Leo and we put sensors all over them and inside them and we put them in ice water and we tested to see whether they could have survived through a variety of methods and the answer was, there was no way they both could have survived. Only one could survive.”

The results of the study will be revealed on National Geographic along with the premier of the remastered version of Titanic in February 2023.

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