We all know what scene of Titanic James Cameron is referring to: Rose is on the piece of driftwood and poor Jack is clinging onto the edge while they’re both freezing to death. (SPOILER, I know.) I actually got into an argument in Junior High with a girl who swears that Jack and Rose could have both fit on the raft. (We were in Junior High, there really wasn’t much else to argue about…) But could he have actually fit?
I know, it’s a movie. It’s not real (except the part about the boat sinking, of course). But the issue of space vs. buoyancy has always been in debate and the director of the film, James Cameron, decided to weigh in:
“It’s not a question of room. It’s a question of buoyancy. When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft – he’s not an idiot, he doesn’t want to die – and the raft sinks, and it kind of flips. And so it’s clear that there’s really only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down.”
So there ya have it. Had James Cameron addressed this earlier, my argument with Jennifer S. in English class would have been settled once and for all. Maybe I should print this out for our high school reunion… Cameron also said that Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters is planning to tackle the conundrum, and he’s going to help them do it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see it! [via CNN]
Did you ever get into discussions with your friends about this scene? Or did my friends and I just have too much time on our hands? Any other famous movie scenes that left you scratching your head?