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James Cameron recreates iconic Titanic scene with stunt doubles to see if Jack would have survived

James Cameron recreates iconic Titanic scene with stunt doubles to see if Jack would have survived

They took part in a scientific experiment to answer the question once and for all

Titanic director James Cameron has recreated the infamous scene to once and for all end the debate on whether Jack Dawson could have fit on that door.

You know the scene I’m referring to - it involves a very cold and damp Rose DeWitt Bukater (played by Kate Winslet) atop a door floating in the ocean after the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.

It’s long been the subject of debate, with some fans believing poor Jack (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) could have been saved if Rose had simply moved over and let him get on the board, too. Now you can see the scientific experiment to answer that question here:

Believe it or not, Titanic turned 25 this year, and to mark the date National Geographic made a special documentary that, among other things, recreates the contentious scene and reveals once and for all if Jack and Rose could have lived happily ever after.

Weighing in on the debate previously, Cameron stressed that Jack’s death was essential for the movie's plot - saying: “He needed to die. It’s like Romeo and Juliet. It’s a movie about love and sacrifice and mortality. The love is measured by the sacrifice."

Could Rose have just moved over a little bit?
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But, now, he’s gone one-step further and got science involved to back up his opinion.

Speaking about the test last year, Cameron said: “We have done a scientific study to put this whole thing to rest and drive a stake through its heart once and for all.

"We took two stunt people who were the same body mass of Kate and Leo and we put sensors all over them and inside them and we put them in ice water and we tested to see whether they could have survived through a variety of methods and the answer was, there was no way they both could have survived.”

A couple of stunt performers recreated the scene to mark the movie’s 25th anniversary.
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But it seems Cameron now admits that while it may have technically been possible to save Jack, it’s not what the character would have wanted.

In the documentary, he reveals: "Jack might have lived but there’s a lot of variables. I think his thought process was, ‘I’m not going to do one thing that jeopardises her’. And that’s 100 percent in character.”

Meanwhile, back in December, Winslett revealed her views on the great floating door debate, telling the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast: “Once and for all, he could have fit on that door but it would not have stayed afloat.”

Featured Image Credit: GMA

Topics: Leonardo DiCaprio, Film and TV, James Cameron