James Cameron is known for making some of the biggest blockbusters in the world, but he’s also known for being a little bit tetchy in interviews.
In fact, there’s one question he’s utterly fed up with.
Here’s the trailer for his latest venture Avatar 2:
It’s fair to say that James Cameron has taken on some absolutely huge projects during his career in film.
From Titanic to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the guy is hardly making small indie films that get a limited theatrical release and maybe garner some recognition at Sundance.
However, if you ever do get the chance to speak to him, maybe it’s best to stay away from the topic of scale, because in a recent interview he said that he absolutely hates people remarking on how he only makes absolutely massive silver screen monsters.
Really, he wants to talk about how he retains the intimacy between characters whilst he paints these broad-stroke pictures, which you’d have to admit is true.
Despite the huge CGI effects and – well – the massive ship sinking beneath the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, there’s also a lot of attention to detail when it comes to characterisation as well.
Anyway, Cameron just hates talking about how big-budget and impressive his huge projects are.
He told GQ: “I’m way over this whole thing, this question that I get asked all the time.
"‘Don’t you want to just make a little movie with just a couple of actors?'"
He explained: “Yeah, I make that movie every time I make a big movie.
“On a given day I might be doing a scene with two actors in a room, me handholding the camera.
“How is that any different than the smallest independent film?
“It’s just that maybe the next day I’m doing a battle with 40,000 people.
“I like to do that too.”
Fair enough, he has a point – it’s hard to forget the scenes in Titanic that were shared just between Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, or the more intimate moments in Terminator 2.
Anyway, onto Avatar.
Cameron went on to explain how his best ideas don’t come from reading or watching other work, but from his own imagination.
He continued: “I have my own private streaming service that’s better than any of that s**t out there,
“And it runs every night for free.”
On devising Avatar, he said: “I woke up after dreaming of this kind of bioluminescent forest with these trees that look kind of like fiber-optic lamps and this river that was glowing bioluminescent particles and kind of purple moss on the ground that lit up when you walked on it.”
Sounds like he might have eaten too much cheese that night, but it’s paid off.
If only we could all have someone give us a billion dollars to make representations of our dreams, right?
OK, that could actually be pretty boring, now you mention it.
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