In December 1997, James Cameron’s epic masterpiece Titanic sailed into theatres and made movie history, becoming the most expensive film ever made at the time. It earned the title as the first film to cross the $1 billion mark in ticket sales and held the number one spot for highest grossing film of all time for 13 years. It tied All About Eve with 14 Academy Award nominations, eventually taking home 11 Oscars, and making household names out of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It also spurred one of the greatest controversies in modern cinema—could Jack have fit on the piece of wood with Rose at the end of the film?
It’s a question that has been the source of debate for two decades and one that the films’ stars know to avoid like a dirty public bathroom. During an interview this week for the new Quentin Taratino film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, the film’s trio of stars, including Brad Pitt, Margo Robbie, and Leonardo DiCaprio himself, were directly asked the question that has ended relationships and resulted in years of unnecessary ill-will directed towards Kate Winslet. And just what does Jack Dawson himself think? “No comment.” Also, “no comment.” And a few more “no comments” just to be clear. So basically, DiCaprio knows Jack could have fit but is too much of a gentleman to sell out his pal Winslet or to pick a side in the divisive cinematic controversy.
Pitt obviously didn’t indulge in repeated of Titanic like an entire generation of moviegoers who came of age during the height of its popularity, adding that he plans to “go back and look.” That’s right, you look, Brad Pitt, and then come back and agree with the rest of us that Jack should have been blowing the frozen whistle and spending his golden years riding horses on the beach along with Rose. Robbie, who was seven years old when the film came out (!) and likely owned the double VHS set (that’s right, the movie was so long it required two VHS cassettes), said “That is the biggest controversy in modern cinema,” adding that she “bawled her eyes out when she was a girl.” Same, girl.
Pitt does his best to prod DiCaprio into answering the question, but we have a feeling that the actor had to sign an NDA agreeing to never talk about that piece of wood. We’re only half kidding—it kinda seems like something James Cameron would do.