“Titanic” star Kate Winslet has weighed in on whether Leonardo DiCaprio’s character could have survived the end.
“In fact, I don’t think we would have survived if we had both gone up that door,” he said.
She also addressed critics who felt she was “too fat” in the film, which was released 25 years ago.
It’s one of the biggest questions in movie history: Could Jack have survived the end of “Titanic”?
It’s been 25 years since viewers first witnessed the shocking death of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in James Cameron’s epic, and co-star Kate Winslet finally addresses whether he could have lived.
If you’re not familiar with the ending, let’s go back. The box office sensation ends with Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) surviving the sinking of the Titanic. But in the icy waters, Rose floats on top of a broken door. Jack, unable to get on as well, remains in the water and hangs over the edge of the door, eventually freezing to death.
Since then, the question of whether Jack could have survived has always lingered.
“Happy, Sad, Confused” podcast host Josh Horowitz posed the question to DiCaprio while the actor was doing press for “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” but received only a “no comment” from the star.
Horowitz recently tried his hand at Winslet while promoting “Avatar: The Way of Water” and struck gold after he showed her DiCaprio’s noncommittal response.
“I do not know. That’s the answer, I don’t know,” Winslet said at first before giving a thoughtful answer after explaining that he has an “understanding of water” from all the water activities he does, from paddle boarding to scuba diving.
“If you put two adults on a stand-up paddleboard, it immediately becomes extremely unstable,” he explained. “So the reality is that it was a door. I have to be honest, I don’t really think we would have survived if we had both gone up that door. I think it would have fit, but it would have been flipped and it wouldn’t have been a sustainable idea.”
“So, you heard it here for the first time,” Winslet concluded. “Yeah, it could have fit in that door but it wouldn’t have stayed afloat.”
But Winslet wasn’t done. She then went after those who had made snide comments about her weight over the years, hinting that this was the reason Jack wasn’t floating with her.
“Apparently, I was too fat,” she said, looking at the camera.
“It’s not horrible?” She told Horowitz. “Why were they so mean to me? He wasn’t even fucking fat.”
“If I could turn back the clock, I would have used my voice in a completely different way,” he said. “I would have told him: ‘Don’t you dare treat me like that. I am a young woman. My body is changing. I’m finding out. I am deeply insecure. I’m terrified. Don’t make this more difficult than it already is. That is bullying and, in fact, borderline abusive.”
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