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Mythbusters take on 'Titanic' ending
Discovery Channel duo team up with director James Cameron to see if two people could have survived on Rose's wooden raft at the end of the film.
Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 01:00 PM
If you haven't seen the ending to James Cameron's mega 1997 blockbuster "Titanic", I'm about to ruin it for you. Basically, the main character Jack (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) succumbs to the freezing cold temperatures of the Northern Atlantic after realizing he cannot fit on a large piece of wooden debris shared by his lover Rose (Kate Winslet). Alas, he allows her to survive and dies. Cue James Horner.
Except wait - could Jack and Rose have shared that large piece of wood and changed the entire outcome of the film for the better?
It's a debate that has been on-going since the film broke all records back in 1997 - with sites such as Reddit and even James Cameron himself getting into the mix. "“It’s not a question of room, it’s a question of buoyancy,” he recently said in an interview.
"When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He's not an idiot, he doesn't want to die. And the raft sinks and kind of flips. So it's clear that there's only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down."
While the controversy appeared put to rest, the Discovery Channel and Mythbusters experts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage decided it was worth testing for themselves. Oh yea - and they snagged Cameron to help them out too.
The new season of "Mythbusters" featuring the "Titanic" raft test hits the Discovery Channel this Sunday, October 7th at 8/7c. Check out a video preview below.
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