James Cameron is Going to Bust the Rose/Jack Floating Driftwood Debate in ‘Titanic’By
Yes. You read that right. And Cameron is supposedly teaming up with Mythbusters to debunk this debate, to prove that Jack and Rose both could not have fit on the floating driftwood in the freezing Atlantic Ocean. Awhile back a young guy and gal posted a couple of photos showing how they easily fit on the space of the driftwood shown at the end of Titanic. But Cameron says size doesn’t matter, buoyancy does. Read more after the jump.
Cameron says (via IGN):
Actually, it’s not a question of room, it’s a question of buoyancy. When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He’s not an idiot, he doesn’t want to die. And the raft sinks and it kind of flips. So it’s clear that there’s really only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down.
Had they tried to split the difference neither would’ve stood a chance of survival. If you know anything about hypothermia, the more you’re submerged — and she’s completely out of the water on the raft, and it’s only about that far above the surface. If he had gotten on with her they both would have been half in and half out of the water, even if they could balance on it, and they would have both died.
Cameron says he believes Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters is ready to bust this myth, and he wants to help. Why wouldn’t he? We all know Cameron loves to be right. And in this situation, I’m sure he is. A floating piece of wood most likely won’t hold up 300 pounds.
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