Famous movie scene busted; Titanic's Jack could have livedOctober 9, 2012 @ 6:39 am (Updated: 11:55 am - 10/9/12 )
One of the most popular movies of all time, "Titanic," was put to the test on "MythBusters."
"MythBusters" does not tackle the issue of why or how the ship sank. No, instead it applies its uber-literal approach to the dramatic climax of the movie - whether Jack had to die.
To set the stage, our two romantic leads, Rose and Jack, are in the freezing waters after the Titanic has sunk. Rose has clambered aboard a makeshift raft but it's not big enough to carry Jack too, so he just has to cling to it.
When a rescue boat shows up, Rose is saved but Jack has frozen to death.
The MythBusters guys do a series of tests to see whether this is really what would have happened.
Here they tell Titanic director James Cameron what their experiments found.
The MythBusters hosts say that they found a way to rig the board Rose was floating on using her life jacket so that both Jack and Rose could be saved.
But Cameron says the MythBusters are missing the point.
"The script says Jack dies. He has to die."
I also think that expecting Rose to give up her life preserver on the off chance that Jack might have also survived is not something the chivalrous Jack would have risked.
Cameron's right. The MythBusters are missing the point.
By TOM TANGNEY
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