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Avatar director James Cameron has revealed that the upcoming sequel will be so long that it’s likely people will have to ‘get up and go pee’ during it.
Strap in folks, we’re in for a wild ride.
While it’s not a complete surprise that the sequel, which is almost 13 years in the making, will likely top the three-hour mark, Cameron had some choice words for those who might complain about the movie’s length.
In an interview with Empire, he said: “I don't want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [TV] for eight hours.
"I can almost write this part of the review. 'The agonisingly long three-hour movie...' It's like, give me a f***ing break.
“I've watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row."
I mean, fair point. Put up your hand if you just sat down and watched all four hours of volume two of season four of Stranger Things.
The fight against Vecna probably didn’t need to go that long, but, hey, we all strapped in for the ride.
The only difference there is we all had the opportunity to click that big fancy pause button on the remote and grab ourselves a snack and go for a toilet break.
With no such option for that in a theatre, who in their right mind would want to miss out on any of the action.
Well, Cameron himself wants to normalise missing out on any important detail in a movie.
He said: “Here's the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it's okay to get up and go pee.”
Seems like Cameron is setting us up for a very lengthy movie here, so the pre-cinema pee most certainly won’t suffice.
Anyone that remembers the first Avatar, and you’d be forgiven if you can’t, will remember that it was quite long itself, clocking in at 162 minutes.
Since then, it’s seemingly become the norm for movies to clock in at or close to the three-hour mark, especially since Hollywood fell in love with superhero movies.
Marvel’s Infinity War lasts 152 minutes, while End Game topped the three-hour mark.
It actually felt like a bit of a reprieve when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness only ran for just over two hours, which is saying a lot.
But to be fair to Cameron, when you’ve been waiting more than a decade for a sequel to the biggest box office movie of all time, there’s a lot you might want to include.
There’s loads to catch up on with Jake Sully and the rest of the Avatar crew, so you better start training that bladder.
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