Maybe we’re being too passionate, but it seems like literally everyone has an opinion about whether or not Jack really could have fit on the door with Rose at the end of Titanic. Someone always manages to bring it up at social gatherings, and we’re always forced to relive that tragic ending and cope with the fact that…Rose could have absolutely shared that dang piece of wood with Jack. And yet, she didn’t. And spoiler alert: Jack dies. The fact that Rose didn’t just *move over* cripples us with anger to this day.


Most of us have come to terms with the likelihood that we will never get closure from director James Cameron or actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the matter; however, DiCaprio almost broke his decades-long silence on the matter.

During an interview with MTV News, DiCaprio was asked to provide his opinion on what the interviewer called “the biggest movie controversy of all time.” Could Jack really have fit next to Rose on the door? His Once Upon a Time In Hollywood-costar Margot Robbie gasped with woe, remembering the sad scene.

“That is the biggest controversy, I think, in modern cinema,” Robbie agreed. DiCaprio added, “Ever.” No kidding, Leo! “I have no comment,” DiCaprio smugly replied.

We’re so angry with him right now.

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“Could you have, could you have squeezed on there?” costar Brad Pitt asked DiCaprio. “You could’ve, couldn’t you?” Again, DiCaprio replied, “No comment.” Robbie then asked DiCaprio if he brought the door situation up to Cameron during shooting, and still DiCaprio stayed mum.

Did Cameron make him sign a confidentiality agreement or something? We’re getting suspicious.

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In 2017, Cameron did tell Vanity Fair that there’s a very “simple answer” to the question of why the heck Rose didn’t just move over.

“Because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple,” he told the publication. “Obviously it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him.” But James, that’s exactly what the root debate is all about. Is it really just big enough to hold her? We’re not so sure.

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“I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later,” he continued. “But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die.”

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“Had he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless,” Cameron said. “The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons.”

Ugh. Fine.

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Even though Cameron said Jack wasn’t going to get out of Titanic alive, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. In fact, some people have literally bent over backward to prove that their love could have prevailed.

Jack and Rose could have both fit on that wooden plank…quite comfortably
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See? Jack and Rose could have played a nice game of cards while waiting to be rescued. They could have lived happily ever after if they really wanted to!

But wait, is that actually a door after all?

Thanks to some sluthing done by Buzzfeed, it appears that Rose isn’t floating on a door but a door frame.

Now, they argue that perhaps this fact really did impact the buoyancy of the make-shift life raft. And while the jury is still out, it offers an interesting twist to the debate.

Even Mythbusters proved that the lovers could have floated together quite comfortably. “With all we learned,” Jamie Hyneman said in the 2012 episode, “I think Jack’s death was needless.” Tell that to James Cameron.

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What’s more is that after all this proof that Jack could have survived, Cameron added in 2019 that he believed the entire debate is not only silly, as he told Vanity Fair in 2017, but it’s also “stupid.” Ouch, Cameron.

He told the BBC earlier this year, “There’s no debate. But if you really want to unearth all the dumb-*ss arguments associated with it…I mean, let’s go back to, could Romeo have been smart and not taken the poison? Yes. Could he have decided not to bring his little dagger just in case Juliet might stab herself with it? Yes, absolutely. It sort of misses the point.”

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No, James Cameron! You’re missing the point!

Sorry. We just get really heated about this argument.

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And truth be told, we think this debate will probably never cease. James Cameron, you’ve created a “stupid” and “silly” monster.

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And if Roxane Gay says it’s bullshit, then it’s bullshit. End of story.

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We hear you. But you’re wrong.

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And we know Leo is on our side about this. You can see written all over his face in that MTV interview.

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Which side of the debate do you stand on? And no, you cannot agree with James Cameron. The door scene is not art, it’s just pure agony.


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