In a new interview with Daily Beast, Cameron is asked whether or not there was any room for Leonardo DiCaprio on Kate Winslet‘s infamous floating door that kept her above water after the Titanic sank. His reply is one of exhaustion that makes it clear that he’s been asked this question several times throughout his career.
“We’re gonna go there?” laughs Cameron. “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. You can do all the post-analysis you want.”
Cameron goes on to address the 2012 episode of MythBusters that proved that Rose and Jack could’ve survived had they tied Rose’s life jacket underneath the wood to boost their buoyancy.
“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,” says Cameron. “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. So that wouldn’t work.”
Cameron says that Jack’s best bet was to keep his upper body above the water in hopes that he would be rescued before he died.