Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters in less than a month and almost nobody has seen it. That’s a real rarity at this time of year when award contenders with December release dates like Babylon or glass onion Screening for critics on both coasts to make it to the awards show. Similar to its 2009 predecessor, the avatar The sequel is set to open almost at the last possible moment to qualify for this year’s awards race, only helped by the atmosphere of secrecy that surrounds it.
But you do need to make sure people know your film exists, i.e. without big commercial screenings or much more than a few trailers, The way of the water still has a secret weapon: its director, JamesCameron. About a series of interviews this fall, from promoting the theatrical re-release of avatar to an expansive one in September GQ Profile this week, Cameron dropped a slew of one-liners (“Whitewater rafting? Fuck that”), sarcastic replies (“Oh, I don’t know, maybe it looks good? Come on!”), and swaggering statements (“I think so , this movie is gonna make all the damn money”), which are frankly awe-inspiring. For someone who almost missed the first one avatar Film, because he was having “too much fun” underwater exploration, Cameron gleefully returned to the film promotion machine – and seemingly entirely on his own terms.
It’s not just his lack of self-doubt (“I don’t think I’m hardwired into this”) or his well-deserved confidence in his success (“titanic paid for [this building], so I have to do this,” he told a group of Fox executives). It’s a feeling that all that insane hard work and belief in creatures called Na’vi are going to serve something truly spectacular. Cameron’s confidence is clearly contagious, both for the actors he works with (the story of Kate Winslet learning to hold your breath for seven and a half minutes is already famous) and audiences are eager to queue to see what marvel he creates next. With all the skepticism that’s been around avatar In the years since his historic box office success, Cameron is perfectly clear – and rightly so – what made him so great: “I think anyone who has seen the film knows why; It’s one hell of a gigantic adventure that’s an all-consuming emotional experience that will have you wringing out by the end of the film. And it was visually groundbreaking, and it still holds up today. So I don’t think I need a theory.”
Below are some recent highlights from Cameron’s glorious press tour, from recounting old arguments with another underwater explorer to a shot being fired at Marvel and DC. Avatar: The Way of Water will hit theaters on December 16th, which means hopefully we can enjoy many, many more weeks of Cameron interviews until then.
On Exploring the Wreck of the titanic, as narrated by explorer Victor Vescovo: “I said, ‘I’ve been watching titanic In the titanic‘ And he actually said, ‘Yeah, but me Titanic made In the titanic‘ ”
On just how much money The way of the water must do: “How much? “Very damn,” said Cameron, who shared it [GQ] He had told the studio that the film represented “the worst business case in film history”. To be profitable, he said, “you have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. This is your threshold. That’s your breakeven point.’”
On his New Zealand Farm yard: “I’ve never really checked, but I’ve been told we’re the largest supplier of organic brassicas in New Zealand, which is a niche within a niche, admittedly.”
On his dreams: “I have my own private streaming service that’s better than all that shit out there. And it runs every night for free.”
On his uneven gait: “I remember when we first met my first wife, she said, ‘Walk on the sidewalk in front of me.’ And I said, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘I want to study your walk.’ And I turned around and said, ‘Why?’ She said, “Well, I think I can fix it.” Fuck you!”
On Collaboration with Ron Howard on the visual effects for Apollo 13: “I’m like, ‘I’m a total asshole compared to Ron Howard.'”
On the hat he used to wear on the set that stood for “head motherfucker in charge”: “I would either wear this hat on the first day of a new shoot or I would wear my t-shirt that said ‘time becomes meaningless in the face of creativity.’ Just to shake up the studio a bit. I do not think so [wore] the HMFIC hat on the new one avatar. This is the kinder, gentler me. This is the gentle, kind, zen type, sensitive to everyone’s needs and emotional demands. No microaggressions here. Which is usually good for the first two weeks.”
On superhero movies: “I also want to do what other people do are not do. When I watch these big, spectacular movies – I see you, Marvel and DC – it doesn’t matter how old the characters are, they all act like they’re in college. They have relationships, but they really don’t have any. They never hang up their spurs for their children.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/11/can-avatar-the-way-of-water-be-as-good-as-james-camerons-interviews-about-it Can ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Be as Good as James Cameron’s Interviews About It?