'Titanic' Shocker! Jack Could Have Lived, Admits Kate Winslet

'Titanic' Shocker! Jack Could Have Lived, Admits Kate Winslet

Feb 03, 2016


Please note: this post includes a major spoiler about the conclusion of 1997's Titanic.

Originally slated for theatrical release in the summer of 1997, James Cameron's Titanic was a tremendous risk at the time. Thanks to the global success of Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and True Lies, Cameron was known as an action director, so the prospect of him directing a romantic epic set on the doomed maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic in 1912 was surprising, to say the least.


The shooting schedule was extended to more than five months in total and the budget reportedly expanded to about $200 million, making it the most expensive production in history. When Cameron realized that it would not be possible to finish the film in time for its scheduled release on July 2, it was pushed back to December 19, 1997, fueling speculation that it was some kind of disaster. Instead, Titanic became a huge hit, remaining at the top of the box office charts for a staggering 15 weeks and eventually grossing more than $2.1 billion worldwide.

Still, there are nits to pick, and one of them concerns the fate of Jack Dawson, the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. His brief yet intense and passionate romance with Rose (Kate Winslet) was the engine that drove the movie, making their final moments together among the most emotional in memory. Both escape from the giant passenger ship before it sinks, but they're both struggling to keep afloat in the freezing cold ocean when Jack finds a small piece of debris and insists that Rose get out of the water and use the debris as a flotation device. Meanwhile, he keeps her company, chattering away, until he dies of hypothermia and sinks below the surface.

Many have wondered, however, why he had to die. After all, that debris looks like it was large enough to accommodate two people. Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has wondered the same thing and earlier this week he asked Winslet about it.

Aha! Jack could have lived! We thought so! James Cameron also wrote the screenplay and no doubt he wanted to give the romance a tragic ending to underline the tragedy of the real-life sinking, in which more than 1,500 passengers and crew member lost their lives. Still, at least we know that Kate Winslet agrees with everyone who ever thought that Jack could have fit onto that debris and survived for a sequel.


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