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COULD JACK HAVE BEEN SAVED? As Titanic ‘door’ resurfaces, THAT HUGE debate is reignited

This topic has again come to light after TikTok user @JTallan posted a video of the ‘door’ prop as they visited Planet Hollywood
Jack and Rose's 'door' scene debate floats once again (Photo: Titanic movie)
Jack and Rose's 'door' scene debate floats once again (Photo: Titanic movie)

The classic movie ‘Titanic’ directed by James Cameron still remains one of the iconic romance movies of all times. Additionally, the heartbreaking scene of Jack dying while saving his sweetheart Rose is one of the biggest tearjerkers in movie history. But could Jack Dawson have been saved? Ever since the movie hit theaters in 1997, a debate has been raging whether Jack could have been accommodated on the wooden door on which Rose kept afloat and was saved eventually.

While the debate has tapered over the years, a new TikTok video has once again caused the topic to float around. 

‘Titanic’ was based on a real ship with the same name that tragically sank in the deep ocean. In the movie, after the ship sinks and most passengers are left fighting for their lives in the freezing waters, viewers witnessed how Rose (Kate Winslet) survived while Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) dies.

Viewers have long debated whether Leonardo DiCaprio's character could have climbed onto the floating door with Kate Winslet's character Rose DeWitt Bukater as the door ‘could’ have managed to keep them both alive. This topic has again come to light after TikTok user @JTallan posted a video of the ‘door’ prop as they visited Planet Hollywood.


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In the video, viewers can see the ‘door’ prop on display at Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. The user filmed a plaque showing a photo of Rose on the board, with Jack dangling off one end.

Naturally, viewers flocked to the comments area to post their opinions on the debate, once again. One TikTok user said, “Oh damn I take it back — there was only room for one person.” But another replied back stating, “They could’ve both fit.” Another added, “So maybe they both couldn’t fit after all.” While another said, “And I will always say there is room for two on there hahahahahah.” A user stated, “This wooden panel is the real hero of the movie lol,” which legit feels true.

Users on TikTok believe that Jack could have fit on the door. (Photo: Titanic Movie)

Director James Cameron has addressed the debate previously, calling the whole thing “stupid.” He told BBC Radio 1 in 2019 that he had “never really seen it as a debate.” He added, “But if you really want to unearth all the dumbass arguments associated with it, I mean, let’s go back. I mean, yes — could Romeo have been smart and not taken the poison? Yes,” citing Di Caprio’s 'Romeo + Juliet' movie. However, in a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair, the Canadian filmmaker clarified the situation regarding the door. James said, “The answer is very simple, because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies,” and added, “The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smokestack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”

Jack "had to die," says James Cameron. (Photo: Titanic Movie)