Damn you, James Cameron. Our thirteen-year-old hearts were broken for naught!
The wily "Mythbusters" duo Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman took to task the ending to one of Hollywood's most ill-fated romances and discovered that Kate Winslet's socially angsty Rose could have easily shared her space on the little makeshift floating board with her "never let go" love ... with a little life-jacket maneuvering.
Cameron had previously defended his decision to let his leading hunk freeze in an interview with IGN, saying "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."
The "Mythbusters" study, however, proved that if Rose had just removed her flotation vest and tied it to the bottom of the wooden board, there would have been enough buoyancy on the craft to hold them both up and (mostly) out of the icy water.
Looks like the notoriously nit-picky director just might have overlooked that hunk-saving option (but perfectionist or not, he's still got two billion reasons hold firm that he made the right choice).