A lot of people saw Titanic, and paused at the end when Rose takes that whole big ol’ piece of wood all to herself and lets poor Jack freeze in the North Atlantic ocean, inches away from her. Why did Leo have to die? (Answer: because the narrative is more compelling that way, that’s why.) There was even that meme arguing that both of the star-crossed lovers could’ve fit comfortably on the plank that helped Rose survive. IGN recently asked James Cameron if he was aware of the controversy, and Cameron defended Rose, saying that the amount of room on the plank wasn’t the issue. “Actually, it’s not a question of room, it’s a question of buoyancy. When Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he tries to get on the raft. He’s not an idiot, he doesn’t want to die. And the raft sinks and kind of flips. So it’s clear that there’s only enough buoyancy available for one person. So he makes a decision to let her be that person instead of taking them both down.”
What’s more, apparently there’s an upcoming episode of Mythbusters that features the question, where James Cameron will assist in debunking the idea that Jack could’ve survived. Naturally, a dude who spent years developing a camera for 3D that doesn’t suck and went back and corrected the stars in his movie isn’t going to let something like this lie.