More than 20 years have passed since the premiere of the movie “Titanic” (1997), and its fans continue to discuss the possibility that the main character Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, could have grabbed the door behind which Rose DeWitt (Kate Winslet) was. To dispel doubts, director James Cameron himself conducted an experiment to show that this is impossible, which will be reflected in the next National Geographic special “Titanic: 25 Years Later”, which will premiere on February 5.

Last December, the director told the media that, according to a forensic analysis, only one of the two “could have survived” with the door as a raft. However, a new documentary for National Geographic mentions that there is a possible outcome where Jack “could survive.”

To solve this mystery, Cameron hired two stuntmen, similar in height and weight to Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, the actors who starred in Titanic, to reenact the pool scene and test the theory.

What happened in the experiment?

In the first attempt, the director of this famous film wanted to disprove the theory that Rose and Jack had enough space to grab the door and thus survive. However, when attempting this test, they determined that both would end up “immersing themselves in dangerous levels of freezing water.” On broadcast images of special equipment, specialists can be seen under water in such a scenario.

But the situation did not end there. James Cameron decided to run a second test where he once again put the specialists at the door like a raft; but both bodies had their upper halves on the tree, so that the vital organs were out of the water. Under such a scenario, the chances that they will survive have increased.

“There are strong tremors from the water [de su cuerpo] I helped him. In designing this, I could make it quite long. Like hours,” Cameron says in the special.

In a final experiment, the filmmaker asked stuntmen to perform all the actions Rose (Winslet) and Jack (DiCaprio) did in the movie — before the ship sank — to tire them out. In addition, he gave the young man a life jacket, which was not in the film. In this way, he managed to stabilize it.

What was the verdict?

After trying three different scenarios, director James Cameron concluded that in the last case, “I could have survived until the lifeboat arrived. It could live, but there are many variables.

Although, according to the director, Jack Dawson wouldn’t have done it because his “thought was, ‘I’m not going to do anything to put her in danger,’ and that’s 100 percent typical of the character.” .”

As a reminder, the premiere of the special film “Titanic: 25 Years Later” will take place this Sunday, February 5, on the National Geographic channel. Meanwhile, the remake of Titanic will hit theaters in 4K 3D on February 11.