For twenty-some years now, we’ve all been bitching that Jack could have fit on the damn door, and little Miss Spacehog, Rose, can rot in hell for not moving over. You might even recall a famous episode of Mythbusters that proved it. But according to astrophysicist/StarTalk host Neil deGrasse Tyson, we’ve been approaching Jack’s death from the wrong angle. It’s not so much that he could have fit on the door, it’s that he just didn’t try hard enough to scramble onto it. He just freakin’ gave up after one attempt.
“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!” deGrasse Tyson told HuffPost. “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.”
He continued, “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!”
DeGrasse then went on to criticize Titanic director James Cameron for getting the night sky wrong
Yeah, he had the wrong sky over the sinking ship, and we know where it sank and what time. […] We know there was no moon interfering with he sky. So we knew this. He sinks the ship in the movie and … the sky wasn’t even just the wrong part of the sky, it was a made-up sky. And worse than that, the left side of the sky was a mirror reflection of the right side of the sky, so there’s just no excuse for that.
He then went off on a tangent about the White Walkers dragging the dragon out of the icy water on Game of Thrones, but don’t even get me started on THAT.
Read the whole Neil deGrasse Tyson interview here.
(Photo of Neil: Pacific Coast News; Titanic still: Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment)