For the past 25 years, fans of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic have been discussing the fate of Jack and Rose, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, respectively.
One of the main points of debate has been the door that ultimately caused Jack’s death.
The film’s director, James Cameron, is now addressing this theory in the upcoming National Geographic documentary, “Titanic: 25 Years Later.”
Cameron stated during a Television Critics Association panel that Jack and Rose were not holding onto a door in the first place.
Instead, he explained, “it’s a piece of wood paneling from the first-class cabin.”
He went on to reveal that “a new investigation we’ve just done will settle this fan-based question about Jack and Rose and a piece of floating debris, which everyone calls a door.”
The documentary, set to release on February 5th, will give the highly discussed fan theory “a forensic investigation.”
The show will scientifically recreate exactly what Jack and Rose endured when the Titanic sank in the cold, Atlantic waters.
Stunt doubles were chosen based on the similarities in body types to DiCaprio and Winslet.
To make the recreation as accurate as possible, the stunt doubles were in 56-degree water instead of 28 degrees, so they “doubled the time for every stage” of the recreation, per Cameron.
Cameron stated that “We weren’t trying to prove or disprove anything, we’re just trying to say, ‘If you do this, does it make it better?'”
He added that “across four tests, we came to some pretty hard and fast conclusions.”
However, he did not reveal the results of the investigation.
The director also announced that Titanic will return to theaters for a remastered, re-release from Cameron in time for Valentine’s Day.
In December, Winslet discussed the door debacle and revealed if she believed Jack could have survived.
“I don’t f—ing know,” Winslet joked during her appearance on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast. “That’s the answer, is I don’t f—ing know.”
DiCaprio, who was also on the podcast, had no comment on the matter.
However, Winslet went on to say “I actually don’t believe that we would have survived if we had both gotten on that door.”
“I think that he could have fit, but it would have tipped, and it would not have been a sustainable idea.”
With the release of the documentary, fans will finally have the opportunity to see the results of Cameron’s investigation and put this debate to rest.