Could Jack have fit on the door in ‘Titanic’? Leonardo DiCaprio shares his thoughts

By Sarah Walker

Could he have fit on the door, or couldn’t he? For decades, Titanicfans have been debating whether there was enough space for Leonardo DiCaprio ’s Jack on the floating door at the end of the iconic film . The plotline shift would have made for a more romantic and happy ending for Kate Winslet’s Rose.

Now, 44-year-old Leo has weighed in on the discussion. The statement came during an interview with MTV while Leo was promoting the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt.

Margot said the scene made her very upset as a child.

“Oh my gosh, I thought [he could have fit on the door],” she said. “I remember bawling my eyes out when I was a [little] girl,” she said.

“That is funny. Well, I’m going to go back and look [at the scene] now, shoot,” Brad joked.

Margot then chimed in with more thoughts on the film.

“That is the biggest controversy, I think, in modern cinema,” she said, before Leo replied, “Ever.” Ooh!

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When Brad asked for more thoughts from him on the controversy, Leo simply laughed and said, “No comment.” Double ooh!

In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017, Titanic director James Cameron admitted there is a reason Rose didn’t make room for Jack on the door.

“The answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple,” he noted.

James went on to say he’s always found the debate about the film’s tragic ending silly.

Leo was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Jack, but did not win. Photo: © Hal Garb/AFP/Getty Images

"I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later… 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," he added.

"Had he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless… 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."

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Cameron even defended the idea that physics shows Jack could have fit on the door.

"I was in the water with the piece of wood putting people on it for about two days getting it exactly buoyant enough so that it would support one person with full free-board, meaning that she wasn’t immersed at all in the 28-degree (-2 degrees Celsius) water so that she could survive the three hours it took until the rescue ship got there," he revealed.

We think it’s safe to say fans will never let go of this debate!

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