NME Festival blog: James Cameron wishes fans would stop talking about Jack’s death in ‘Titanic’
James Cameron has spoken out about one of the more enduring parts of ‘Titanic’s legacy: whether there was enough room on the floating board for both Jack and Rose.
Self-described internet ‘mythbusters’ have been making the same observation for years about how the young lovers could have technically both stayed afloat after the Titanic sank and director Cameron would prefer if the joke died sooner than later.
Cameron said in a new interview with Vanity Fair.: “I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later, 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.”
Watch the famous scene from 1997’s ‘Titanic’ below.
James Cameron has revealed Avatar 2 will be filmed predominantly underwater. The sequel, which is due for release in 2020, features a new motion capture system which is proving to be a headache for the film director.
“It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras,” he told Collider.
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