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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Pointed Out That Jack's Death In 'Titanic' Makes No Sense

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Pointed Out That Jack's Death In 'Titanic' Makes No Sense

It's been a long, long time since the Titanic. Like 115 years long, if you're counting. Or 20 years for the film of the same name, at least - and let's face it, that's where the most of us derive our knowledge of the subject from.

Ever since Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet broke just about every box office record going back in the late 90s, people have obsessed over the film and moreover, picked it apart in excruciating detail. So who are we to ignore another alleged plothole? Let's take a look.

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Everyone's favourite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, has poured scorn on the scene at the end where Rose lets Jack die in the freezing waters of the Atlantic rather than have him alongside her on the floating door, despite there clearly being plenty of space for her, Jack, a couple of farm animals and maybe the whole Titanic band.

Basically Jack dies a cold watery death and Rose lives with the pain her whole life. Heartbreaking. Heartbreakingly dumb.

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For most mere mortals, this would be a convincing enough storyline, but for the true geniuses among us, there are still questions to ask. Step forward, Mr deGrasse Tyson.

He's probably the world's most famous astrophysicist, a genuine bona fide genius and the presenter of, among other things, StarTalk and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. And now he's cast a whole new level of shade on the end of Titanic, ignoring the oft-asked question of the floatability of the door to query the huge gaping nonsense that is Jack in that scene.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, apparently very pleased with his tie. Credit: PA

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"Whether or not he could've been successful, I would've tried more than once. You try once. 'Oh, this is not gonna work. I will just freeze to death in the water.' No, excuse me. No!" he told Huffington Post.

"The survival instinct is way stronger than that in everybody, especially in that character. He's a survivor, right? He gets through. He gets by."

Ok, less scientific than we expected. Still, it does seem very unlikely that Jack, who from minute zip of the film has been cast as the great hanger-inner of life, a happy-go-lucky chancer who strives and succeeds, would just call it a day to become fish food.

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Still, deGrasse Tyson felt the need to big up his fellow space enthusiasts. "And I'll tell you this, if that character was Matt Damon from The Martian , he would've made an outboard motor and saved everybody. This is how science can help you!" he added.

Though how Jack would have grown spuds on a freezing door in the middle of the ocean, we're not sure...

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox/PA

Topics: titanic

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