The cast of Avatar: The Way of the Water revealed how worried they were for James Cameron’s life due to his obsession with the ocean.
In an interview with The New York Times to promote the next Avatar after, Sigourney Weaver discussed his fears for Cameron following his expedition to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. “We kept thinking, ‘I hope he survives to make a new movie,'” Weaver said. In March 2012, Cameron traveled seven miles below the surface of the water to reach the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth. The Titanic the director became the first person to complete the underwater valley adventure solo.
Avatar: The Way of the Water will feature many underwater scenes in the Pandora universe. To direct the scenes, Cameron had “the best freediving specialists in the world” to teach the actors how to improve their freediving times while submerged in large water tanks, instead of using CGI. When asked the reason for using real water, and not special effects, Cameron replied that it “sounds good”.
“Come on! You want people to feel like they’re underwater, so they have to be underwater,” Cameron said. “It’s not a gigantic leap – if you were doing a western you’d be learning to ride a horse. I knew Sam was a surfer, but Sigourney and Zoe and the others weren’t particularly geared towards the ocean.” However, in another interview, Cameron claimed that Avatar the sequel’s water is “mostly CG”, but audience members couldn’t tell the difference.
Avatar: the waterway opens in December
Released 13 years after the original Avatar, the upcoming sequel quickly advances the 15-year plot with Jake Sully and Neytiri as parents. Weaver plays one of their five children, Kiri, a 14-year-old Na’vi. Despite the commercial success of the 2009 film, Cameron had doubts about the quality Water Way would perform. “I was a little worried that I had stretched the bond too much, in our fast-paced modern world, with Avatar 2 arrive 12 years later,” Cameron said.
In addition to Avatar, Cameron also explored his fascination with the ocean during Titanic. In total, the director spent more hours on the sunken ship than Captain Smith, the captain of the RMS Titanic, himself. Sitting about 2 miles under the ocean off Newfoundland, Canada, Cameron traveled 33 times to the wreckage of the ship.
Avatar: The Way of the Water opens in theaters on December 16.
Source: The New York Times