Billy Zane reveals why Jack had to die in Titanic
It seems like the entire cast of Titanic feels Jack should have died in the movie. Here's why:
For years, a certain character's death has haunted movie buffs and those blessed with common sense and logic. Jack Dawson, the hero of Titanic, died tragically while trying to save his girlfriend Rose's life and anyone who's watched the movie has argued that Jack's life came to an end quite unnecessarily. For years, people have claimed that there was enough space for Jack and Rose on the door that ultimately saved her. However, Billy Zane, the actor who played Rose's fiance, Cal, seems to think otherwise.
The American actor, who is well known for his role Caledon Hockley in James Cameron's Oscar-winning movie, told People recently that Jack had to die. Billy added that the film got its pathos from Jack's unfortunate death.
"Your hero had to die. I don’t know what else would have done it. It had to happen," he said in an interview. Zane's theory on Jack's death resonates with what the film's director has said in the past.
In an interview with Vanity Fair in November 2017, he said Jack's death shouldn't be addressed with logic because it was simply an artistic choice. The director said Jack's death was symbolic. "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," Cameron told the outlet.
Zane wasn't as eloquent in explaining why Jack had to die but the subtext is clear: "Titanic is bittersweet because of the main character's death. Had he lived, Rose wouldn't have gone on to carve her own identity and start afresh in America. His death gave her a new lease of life, and that reinforced the idea that life is cyclical."
The 51-year-old actor added that his time on the sets of Titanic was driven with creativity. Whenever he wasn't filming, he used to paint parties and people. Some of his paintings were later auctioned and sold for thousands of dollars.
In the years since Titanic's release, Zane didn't appear in many blockbuster films but appeared in the 2001 thriller flick, The Roommate, Zoolander 2 and has also appeared in the 2016 TV show, Guilt.
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