After 25 years of fierce debates and curses, justice has finally been served. James Cameron and Kate Winslet did kill Leonardo DiCaprio after all. In Titanic that is.
For the 25th anniversary of Titanic was James Cameron along with National Geographic in the lab to torpedo all controversial theories once and for all. But do they really sink?
To satiate most hot topics, James Cameron spared no expense. He AvatarThe director is completely fed up with it. “Maybe…Maybe…I won’t have to deal with this after 25 years,” he said recently.
‘Jack and Rose could have survived on the Titanic’
Although the director now seems much less convinced than before. Was there a way after all? Titanic so that Jack and Rose grow old together? Was there enough room on that damn floating door after all?
To test the raft theory, James Cameron took two specialists the same height and weight as Jack and Rose to a laboratory to study the effects of cold on the human body. They made an exact replica of the plank from the movie and stuffed the makeshift raft and stuntmen into a giant tank. The specialists were fitted with internal thermometers and their body temperatures were lowered to 35 degrees Celsius for the test, as anything below that would cause clinical hypothermia.
First, they determined that Jack would have developed hypothermia if he had been in the water for more than 20 minutes. And since it took the rescue team about 2 hours to find Rose, she would in fact have died as in the Titanic-movie.
Then James Cameron tried to put Jack and Rose on the raft. The two Chinese volunteers wore only the upper half of their bodies, while their legs remained submerged in the icy water. In this scenario, the couple would not have survived. Cameron then had the stunt pair kneel on the floating door and occasionally share their body heat, but the raft proved too unstable.
But in the end, the duo found a good position where both bodies remained on top of the raft with only their lower legs submerged. Here, Cameron determines that Jack could have survived “a few hours” to be rescued in time. Justice! Or not?
James Cameron: ‘The best case scenario’
“Final verdict: Jack could have survived,” admits a smiling James Cameron. “But there are many variables.” Because, according to the director, this is really “the best case scenario” that doesn’t take into account the mental horror that Jack and Rose likely experienced after making it out of the box unscathed. Titanic escape. But apart from the mental, the director did not leave anything to chance. The two stuntmen first had to completely recreate the scene that precedes the floating door. So too is the part where Jack beats another passenger to a pulp.
“In a well-lit experiment on a test group, we couldn’t simulate the terror, the adrenaline and all the things that would have worked against you,” he continues. “Jack didn’t have a chance to run different experiments to see what worked best. Jack’s survival would have come at the cost of his life. But based on what I know now, if he had made the raft smaller, there would be no question.”
At all costs, she had to get Jack killed. Arrives on February 5 Titanic: 25 years later with James Cameron out in National Geographic.
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