The scene where Jack dies in the iconic 1997 movie Titanic is perhaps one of the most talked about scenes in movie history. For 20 years, fans have argued, discussed and pondered over whether there was room for 2 on the broken door that saved Rose’s life. In fact, there was even a “Mythbusters” episode demonstrating how Jack and Rose could have saved their lives using that door. The actors have spoken from time to time on this subject but finally, the director, James Cameron has revealed why Jack had to die. And his revelation may not make the fans feel content.
The director said in an interview, “The answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple.” He went on to add, “I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later. But it does show that 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. The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”