'MythBusters' Solves Lingering 'Titanic' Mystery
Did Jack really have to die?
Americans are so used to movies having some happy resolution that we can't tolerate a tug on the heart strings. People died on the Titanic. Real people. Jack and Rose didn't exist.
It's an interesting test but it must be pointed out that in the test, the two guys were working in daylight AND in what is most assuredly much warmer water than the middle of the Atlantic in April where the water was cold enough to support icebergs, AND had a knife to cut the straps on the lifejacket AND were working with clear heads.
Jack and Rose (and the real survivors of Titanic) were working in pitch black, freezing waters with no knife to cut the straps AND they were also in a state of shock and terrified out of their minds.
So, it's not exactly an exact duplicate of the situation in reel life or real life.