If Jack in Titanic wasn’t real, what about Joker, Darcy and Baloo?

There is a theory doing the rounds on social media at the moment that Jack in Titanic is just a figment of Rose’s imagination. Apparently this is based on a few anachronistic elements to his character; his hair, his clothes, his historical references (after seeing the lazy writing in Avatar, I can think of another explanation for all of these) as well as the fact that he doesn’t appear on the ship’s manifest. (This is a major plot point, have these people not seen the film?) It’s quite a fun idea and would finally explain why he doesn’t try harder to get on that door at the end but like the titular boat, I’m not sure it holds water. There have, of course, been many movies and TV shows that have done this for real; Psycho, Angel Heart, Fight Club (we don’t talk about that one), Mr. Snuffleupagus in Sesame Street, and actually I like the idea that it could be the case in other films as well. Here then are fifteen movies where, thinking about them again, one or more of the main players might be entirely in the head of one of the others.

The Blues Brothers

Think about it; we never see them apart once they are reunited on Jake’s release from prison, they are effectively one personality, they dress identically, they never disagree, their conversations are like a stream of consciousness, one tries to reign in the other’s crazy ideas like he is his conscience and when she is gunning for Belushi, Carrie Fisher acts like Dan Ackroyd is not even there. I expect Elwood died on the job that saw Jake sent down and on entering the real world again he imagines he is still there with him. It’s kind of beautiful.

The Prestige

The big sort of twist at the end is that Christian Bale’s Alfred Borden is not working any incredible magic by being in different places at the same time, it’s just that there are effectively two of them; him and his identical twin brother. Maybe the real twist though is that he is a powerful wizard after all and his sibling is not really there at all.

Pride & Prejudice

What is Pride & Prejudice if not one smart Regency era woman’s fantasy about meeting a rich man who is truly both her equal and her opposite and then marrying him for love? Maybe it really is all in Elizabeth’s imagination. The fantastical imaginings of the Brontës would have nothing over Austen then. Yeah yeah, Cathy is haunting the moors and Jane hears Rochester’s voice calling from miles away but Darcy never even existed at all. Who then rescued Lydia? Did Elizabeth even have any sisters?

The Jungle Book

Mowgli doesn’t want to leave the jungle so, rejected by one animal father figure, imagines he has found another in the shape of Baloo. That’s why when he sees that pretty girl at the end it’s suddenly as though good old papa bear never even existed.

Home Alone

Who on earth would forget their kid when they go on holiday? Absolutely no one. It is far more likely that little Kevin, with all those dreams about having the house to himself and all those concerning violent tendencies, actually flipped and killed his entire extended family then created the idea that they’d just gone on a trip in his broken little psyche.


Poor little orphaned Paddington, running away from the loss of his family is alone and without hope on a main London railway station. Running out of marmalade and cripplingly lonely he dreams of being taken in by the perfect nuclear family as he slowly died of starvation in a bin.

No one’s going to forgive me for that one.

The Dark Knight

A man torn apart by the death of his parents loses his mind and slowly tries to reinstate his identity by taking that identity and making it his secret identity. Eventually his mind fractures completely and his darker tendencies manifest themselves in the shape of a manic clown whose main aim is to discredit Harvey Dent, Batman’s rival in love and for the title of Gotham’s true hero. Batman was always the story of a split personality, we just didn’t realise how much.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

A disenchanted man, realising he has accomplished all he will in life and resigned to being remembered as a mediocrity, if he is remembered at all, starts to live an alternative existence imagining himself as Brad Pitt and then begins brutally beating people up. Ladies and gentlemen, the plot of Fight Club and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Toy Story

Eleven year old Sid is loved but poor and painfully conscious of the wealth enjoyed by the family next door, which is only exacerbated when the kid in that house has friends arrive at his birthday party with great long presents. With his own parents slightly lax in their care and unable to afford new toys for him, Sid attempts to modify the ones he has grown out of to make them, in his eyes, more age appropriate. Sadly, as the family next door move out and Sid’s jealousy has the chance to leave with them, his rage peaks and he begins to hallucinate that the toys, the most obvious example of what he doesn’t have, are coming alive and turning on him lead by the priceless antique collectible cowboy doll that the spoilt little snot over the fence treats like its just an ordinary plaything.


Bruce Willis dies in the train crash at the beginning but Samuel L. Jackson sees dead people.

The Shape of Water

I mean, come on! She falls in love with a giant fish deity. Guillermo delToro clearly presented a whole fantastical array of fairytale creatures in Pan’s Labyrinth that are only there in the mind of a child trying to escape from the harsh realities of life. Still though, we all take the fish man at face value.

Avengers: Infinity War

It wasn’t Thanos who killed all the Avengers, it was a still brainwashed Bucky who wrestling with himself did himself in too. Steve, still blinded by his sense of camaraderie is unable to accept that his friend could do such things, so he creates a whole other version in his mind. Oh snap!

I don’t know how you explain Endgame following this theory.

Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep turns up as a ghost in Mamma Mia! 2. Maybe she’s been a ghost all along.

You Were Never Really Here

Too obvious?

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