Remember our Titanic post a little while back about James Cameron responded to claims that, scientifically speaking, Jack and Rose could have both fit on the piece of ship wreckage? Well, Mythbusters decided to test it out, and it turns out that there could have been a happy ending for Jack and Rose after all!
After the spring release of the film in 3D, Cameron explains that he had been getting tons of emails from fans protesting that they both could have survived. Rattled by the suggestion that his film was inaccurate, Cameron sought help from the experts, calling in Mythbusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to debunk the fans’ claim. Adam and Jamie decided to split the experiment into three separate parts:
First, the hosts built the scene in miniature, making quarter-sized models of Rose, Jack and the raft. They filled a bathtub of salt-water to mimic the ocean and tested how much weight the board could support. The Rose model was able to lie on the board with no problems, but when the Mythbusters tried to put Jack on the board, the weight was too heavy. Second, they tested how long Jack could have stayed alive in the cold water by placing a life-size dummy in a tub of 29 degree water and monitoring its temperature.
Finally, Adam and Jamie floated on a board themselves (with Adam playing Jack and Jamie as Rose, of course). Noting that Rose was wearing a life jacket in the film, they took a life jacket and tried retying it around the board to increase buoyancy. After doing this, they found that they were both able to float on the board for the 63 minutes that it took to be rescued.
They determined that the film’s ending was accurate in terms of hypothermia, but if the characters had made the life jacket adjustment to the bottom of the board, they would have both been able to fit on the board and be rescued. “We’ve got to say, this is plausible,” Savage said. “Jack and Rose could have survived.”
“Maybe we screwed up and the board should have been a tiny bit smaller, but the dude’s going down,” Cameron conceded after the experiment. “I think you guys are missing the point,” he added. “The script says Jack died. He has to die.” [via NY Daily News]
What do you think about this experiment? Are you surprised by the results?