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25 Years On – Could Jack Have Survived Titanic?

25 Years On – Could Jack Have Survived Titanic?

Last updated on October 10th, 2023 at 12:13 pm

James Cameron has achieved much success with “Titanic”, the epic romantic disaster movie which started his phenomenal 25-year run of success.

As it is being re-released in theaters, he has expressed his desire to change something about the film if given the chance.

Cameron declared emphatically, “If I knew then what I know now, I would have definitely made the raft smaller – no question about it!”

Twenty-five years after its release, the movie’s ongoing success continues to fuel endless debates and speculation about Leonardo DiCaprio’s character.

Movie fans around the world have been debating for years whether or not Jack from the Titanic could have survived if he had shared the floating wooden door with Rose, played by Kate Winslet.

According to these passionate fans, Jack would have had a chance of staying alive in the icy Atlantic waters after the great ship went down.

Jack made an incredible sacrifice by offering Rose an old door from the ship, so she could have something large to stay afloat on as he gave up his own chance for survival.

His selfless act allowed her to cling to the door and live, even though it meant ending his own life due to hypothermia.

According to James Cameron, director of the 1997 mega hit “Titanic”, the story of Titanic is one example amongst many, which continues to captivate audiences and never fails to draw people in, in spite of its tragic ending.

He made this comment during a press conference ahead of the movie’s 20th Anniversary Re-release.

There have been much greater tragedies since the Titanic — I mean, World War One, tens of millions of people died. World War Two…

But the Titanic has this kind of enduring, almost mythic, novelistic quality.

And it has to do with, I think, love and sacrifice and mortality.

The men who stepped back from the lifeboats so that the women and the children could survive.

In a fascinating new National Geographic exploration into the blockbuster film Titanic, director James Cameron challenges Jack’s ultimate sacrifice by running experiments featuring two stunt performers and a replica of the iconic movie scene’s door in a cold water tank.

During the filming of “Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron,” stunt actors were equipped with internal thermometers to track the rate at which they cooled down, plunging into hypothermia.

Results of the first experiment showed that, as portrayed in the 1997 movie “Titanic,” there wasn’t enough space on the wooden door for Jack and Rose to both stay afloat.

But a second test showed they could have shared the door and, had they done so, stayed alive.

He got into a place where if we projected that out, he just might have made it until the lifeboat got there,” admitted Cameron.

Jack might have lived. But there’s a lot of variables.

James Cameron’s movie “Titanic” was first released in cinemas in December of 1997 and held the highest box office rank for 15 successive weekends.

While today most films earn their biggest profits on opening weekend, “Titanic” peaked on its eighth weekend — Valentine’s Day.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the timeless and much-beloved epic love story film is being re-released.

The movie is hoping to build on its current $2.2 billion box office success.

Titanic is currently behind only Avengers: Endgame and Cameron’s Avatar, but is expected to soon be surpassed by Avatar: The Way of Water — again, by Cameron — which has made $2.18 billion and is still drawing crowds.

James Cameron’s three biggest box office successes — Titanic, Avatar, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day — have earned a staggering $7.25 billion worldwide collectively, which is close to the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bermuda.

According to Cameron, movies that are overly long had previously been viewed as being unable to be successful at the box office.

This notion, however, was debunked by the success of ‘Titanic.’

The initial film installment of the “Avatar” franchise ran for a lengthy 162 minutes and viewers were left wanting more, according to James Cameron.

When we found out that the new ‘Avatar’ movie required a three-hour and twelve minute runtime, we embraced the challenge and made it happen.

The performance of it has been excellent.

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