- “Titanic” star Kate Winslet addresses whether Leonardo DiCaprio’s character could have survived at the end.
- “I really don’t believe we would have survived if the two of us had gotten to that door,” she said.
- She also addressed critics who felt she was “too fat” in the film, which came out 25 years ago.
It’s one of the biggest questions in cinematic history: Could Jack have survived at the end of “Titanic”?
It’s been 25 years since audiences first saw the shocking death of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in James Cameron’s epic, and costar Kate Winslet is finally addressing whether she could have lived.
If you’re unfamiliar 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 the rose floats on the broken door in the icy water. Jack, also unable to climb, remains in the water and hangs over the edge of the door – eventually freezing to death.
From then on, the question always remained whether Jack could have survived.
“Happy, Sad, Confused” podcast host Josh Horowitz questioned DiCaprio while the actor was doing press for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” but received only “no comment” from the star.
More recently, Horowitz tried his luck with Winslet while she was promoting “Avatar: The Way of Water” and struck gold after she overheard DiCaprio react.
“I don’t know. The answer is, I don’t know,” Winslet said before giving a really well-thought-out answer that she has a “water sense” from all the water activities. She does everything from paddleboarding to scuba diving.
“If you put two adults on a stand-up paddleboard, it immediately becomes extremely unstable,” he explained. “So the reality is, it was a door. I have to be honest, I really don’t believe we would have survived if we had both gotten through that door. I think he would have fit but it burst and it Not a permanent idea.”
“So, you heard it here first,” Winslet concluded. “Yeah, it could have fit in that door, but it doesn’t hold.”
But Winslet was not done. She then went after the people who have made snide comments about her weight over the years, stating that it was the reason Jack was not moving in with her.
“Obviously I was too fat,” she said, looking at the camera.
“Isn’t it terrible?” he told Horowitz. “Why were they so mean to me? I wasn’t even fat.”
“If I could turn back the clock, I would use my voice in a completely different way,” she said. “I would have responded: ‘Don’t you dare treat me like that. I’m a young woman. My body is changing. I’m figuring it out. I’m so insecure. I’m fearful. Don’t make up.’ ” It is tougher than ever. It’s bullying, and in fact, borderline abusive.”