James Cameron also appeared in that episode to give his thoughts. They were meant in good humor, but nonetheless they were firm. “I think you guys are missing the point here. The script says Jack died. He has to die,” he said. “So maybe we screwed up and the board should have been a little tiny bit smaller, but the dude’s goin’ down.”
But in November 2017 Cameron was asked the question again, by Vanity Fair. And this time, there was less good humor. Jack had died, he said, simply because he had had to, and questions of science had never factored into it. “I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later,” Cameron said. Perhaps that famous temper was flaring up a little.