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'MythBusters' Confronts James Cameron on Jack's Needless Death in 'Titanic'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 10, 2012 at 12:35PM

For last few months since he released "Titanic" in 3-D, James Cameron claims he receives dozens of emails a day - quibbling that Rose is selfish, Jack is foolish, and both of them could have easily fit on the floating board and waited for rescue during the sinking of the ship. So, the director turned to the Discovery show "MythBusters" to help him with some fact-checking.
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"Titanic"
Paramount Pictures "Titanic"

For the last few months since he released "Titanic" in 3-D, James Cameron claims he receives dozens of emails a day quibbling that Rose is selfish, Jack is foolish, and both of them could have easily fit on the floating board and waited for rescue during the sinking of the ship.  So, the director turned to the Discovery show "MythBusters" to help him with some fact-checking.  

In perfect form, the two myth-busting hosts got into a river and tried to squeeze themselves onto a wooden door, mimicking the 63 minutes that the pair of young lovers would have to wait for rescue.  Their survival did involve a bit of Macgyvering - they tied Rose's life jacket to the bottom of the door to give more buoyancy to their makeshift raft.  The hypothermia aspect of the film was accurate, they measured, but there was just enough room for two: both adult-sized men managed to huddle on the board.  

"With all we've learned, I think Jack's death is needless," said host Jamie Hyneman. So the pair confronted Cameron.  No matter, said the director. "I think you guys are missing the point here. The script says he dies, so he has to die.  So maybe we screwed up and the board should have been a tiny bit smaller, but the dude's going down."  

Carmeron appears in several of the clips in the MythBusters episode, "Titanic Survival Results,"  available on Discovery's website


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.