As far as James Cameron is concerned, anyone who thinks Leonardo DiCaprio’s character could have survived the ending of 1997’s Titanic can go f— themselves.
Okay, that’s not what he said at all, but it’s clear from comments Cameron made during a recent interview with The Daily Beast that he does not subscribe to the idea that the piece of wood debris that keeps Rose (Kate Winslet) afloat and out of the freezing cold water could have supported Jack (DiCaprio) as well. In fact, Cameron also disputes the findings of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, which posited that the pair could have survived if they had tied their lifejackets to the door for added buoyancy.
“OK, so let’s really play that out,” Cameron said. “You’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. 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 5-to-10 minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died.”
“They’re fun guys,” Cameron added about the Mythbusters series. “And I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of sh–.”
Back in 2012, Cameron appeared on an episode of Mythbusters and was presented with the team’s results from their Titanic test. “I think you guys are missing the point here,” Cameron said at the time. “The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up. The board should have been a tiny bit smaller. But the dude’s going down.”
Mythbusters wasn’t the only target of Cameron’s scorn in the interview, as the director and environmentalist was asked whether he was concerned about Donald Trump and his potential negative impact on the environment now that he’s president.
“Am I worried? Of course,” he said. “I’m like anyone of good conscience and reasonable intelligence. I think we’re the biggest freakin’ idiot civilization in history right now, and they’ll probably be talking about us 4,000 years from now scratching their heads — like they talk about Atlantis. Who are those guys? What did they do to piss off the gods so much that they’re buried under a hundred feet of mud right now? … It’s basically the upside-down world right now, and the kind of dialogue coming out of these guys sounds like George Orwell. Alternate facts? There’s no such thing as an alternate fact! These people are insane. But I’m keeping my head down, doing the stuff that I thought I would be doing if Hillary was elected. I’m making my Avatar films, I’m doing my climate work, I’m doing my sustainable agriculture work. You can only do what you can do.”