It was practically love at first sight. We fell in love with the idea of their love at introduction, so of course we wanted them to prevail in the end.
So why did this film end on a dark, tear-jerking note?
Well, for years fans have put Jack’s ill fate into the hands of Rose but filmmaker, James Cameron says that this story had nothing to do with the raft.
A recent interview with Vanity fair uncovered the details of the heartbreaking ending.
“How come Rose didn’t make room for Jack on the raft?”
Cameron responding swiftly,
“And the answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple…”
So, that’s that.
Jack didn’t die because he wouldn’t fit. He might have been able to fit but the real problem was the buoyancy of the board that Rose was floating on.
There is no way that it would have supported the weight of two adults.
However, this minor detail really doesn’t matter because Jack was intended to die. That’s the story.
James Cameron explained it well;
“But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die.
“Had he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless…the film is about death and separation; he had to die. So, whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”