“But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die,” Cameron conceded. And indeed it was – when Titanic first came out, Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Jack catapulted him into megastar status. Cameron went on to reiterate what he’d once said to the Mythbusters.
“Whether it was [the hypothermia], or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons,” Cameron said. (Another character in the film, Jack’s best friend Fabrizio, was the one who got the smoke stack in the end.) The Vanity Fair interviewer pressed Cameron a little more. “Well, you’re usually such a stickler for physics…”