James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year, so what better time to (once again) dredge up the theory and ask the movie's writer and director whether Jack could've fit on the door with Rose, if she just scooched over a tiny bit. When asked to give his take on the debate in a new interview with The Daily Beast, Cameron came prepared with facts, as if he's been asked this exact question a few hundred times.
"Look, it’s very, very simple: you read page 147 of the script and it says, “Jack gets off the board and gives his place to her so that she can survive.” It’s that simple," Cameron said. "You can do all the post-analysis you want."
Cameron also challenged the Mythbusters' episode from five years ago where they showed how both Rose and Jack could've survived the ordeal. "OK, so let’s really play that out: you’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. Mythbusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later—which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you five to ten minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead," he said. "So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died. They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of shit."
What we would've given to see the interviewer tell Cameron after he pointed out Jack and Rose's best option, "So, you're saying there's a chance." That would have driven him up a door, er, wall.