I think everyone thought the exact same thing when they first saw Titanic… I know I did, and I was just a kid… “Why doesn’t she let Jack on that damn plank?”
Seriously, I know it’s just a movie, but why wasn’t there at least 5 minutes of them attempting to get Jack on the board? “Jack, maybe if I kind of move on an angle like this…. can you get…. no, Jack…. Jack, put your left leg over mine and just… you know what? just stay in the water.”
Why wasn’t Jack allowed on the board? Was Rose just a bitch?… Not according to James Cameron. The big Mr. C says it’s buoyancy and he intends to prove it with some pretty significant support:
MythBusters’ is gonna tackle this problem, and I’m gonna help them do it, We’re gonna put it to rest.
Apparently Cameron is pretty passionate about his decision and stands by it:
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. If they he had gotten on with her they both would have been half in and half out of the water, even if they could balance on it, and they would have both died [from hypothermia].
Keep your ears open for Cameron on the ‘Busters!