Poll: Could Jack fit on the door?


Sean Reed

A VHS copy of Titanic sits ready to be played Monday on a desk. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Editor

It’s been 25 years since the release of the iconic ‘90s film “Titanic,” and many are still debating whether Jack could have avoided death on the door. 

Regardless of if you’ve seen the movie or not you probably know the scene where Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) freezes to death while Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) avoids the ice-cold water by floating on a door. 

After the ship has been swallowed by the North Atlantic Ocean, Jack and Rose swim over to a door floating in the water. Jack tells Rose to get on the door, and he tries to get on as well. 

As Jack is climbing onto the door, it begins to tip over, sending him back into the icy waters. 

Some fans believe Jack could have fit on the door, and waited for the rescue boats with Rose. 

In 2012 the stars of the show “MythBusters,” Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, took it upon themselves to find out if Jack could have survived or not. 

Hyneman and Savage created a door identical to the one in “Titanic.” Hyneman acted as Rose by putting on a life vest and getting on the door first. Savage then tried to get on the door as well, but much like in the movie they struggled to keep the door afloat. 

The MythBusters then had the idea of Hyneman taking off his life vest and tying it under the door to help it float. With the life vest under the door, both Hyneman and Savage, Jack and Rose, were able to lie on the door with the majority of their body out of the water. 

Based on their experiment, Hyneman and Savage came to the conclusion that both Jack and Rose could have survived the sinking of the Titanic on the door, if they thought to use the life vest differently. 

“I think you guys are missing the point here. The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up, the board should have been a tiny bit smaller, but the dude’s going down,” James Cameron, Titanic director, told Mythbusters. 

Maybe Jack could have survived with Rose, or perhaps he was just destined to die with the unsinkable ship.

This poll has ended.

Who do you think could fit on the door?


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