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Did Jack Have to Die in 'Titanic'? Mythbusters Say No (Video)

Long the subject of debate between moviegoers, the issue of whether Leonardo DiCaprio's character had to freeze to death is finally laid to rest.

Titanic Jack and Rose in ocean - H 2012
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If only Rose had spent more time paying attention to water safety instructions, instead of trying to pretend she was rich.

In a finale that broke the heart of millions of young girls in 1997, dreamy free spirit Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) froze to death in the icy Arctic as he clung to a makeshift raft selfishly boarded by his new girlfriend (played by Kate Winslet). It was the ultimate sacrifice, going down with the Titanic to save his young love, but did it have to happen? Many posit that the pair could have shared the raft, or taken turns on the wooden island of hope.

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On a new episode of Mythbusters, Adam and Jamie test the various ways Jack could have survived. Turns out, a little life jacket improvisation could have meant that Jack didn't become a handsome popsicle.

James Cameron was less than convinced, though. It had to happen in the script, he said, even if his scientific thesis was proven wrong.

"Actually, it's not a question of room, it's a question of buoyancy," Cameron told IGN recently. "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."