Cameron Tackles Hard Questions About ‘Avatar’ and More

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Charlie Rose recently sat down with director James Cameron to talk about the Avatar phenomenon, the future of the franchise and even a little bit about Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, who you may or may not know is Cameron’s ex-wife.

The interview is about 30 minutes long and Charlie Rose is a smart, veteran interviewer (read: not one of us soft ball-tossing young wet-noses from NAME YOUR BLOG SITE). Rose probes Cameron on both a professional and personal level, opening up some interesting dialogue about Avatar and much, much, more.

Want a little preview of what kinds of topics Cameron touches on in the interview? How about that “simplistic plot” to Avatar which so many viewers criticized? Or that “tree-hugger” political/environmental message that other people didn’t appreciate being force-fed? Or that Avatar prequel novel that Cameron is writing? And of course, those award speeches that made a lot people look at Cameron like, “You ass.”

Well, it’s all on the table and Cameron is talking about it. Check it out:

Now, some of you might be worried that old Outlaw is going to start waving the “Told ya so” flag or something – but none of that here. Avatar is on its way off the cultural radar, it’s earned money, split audiences and garnered a bunch of award wins/nominations. The technology behind the film has already changed cinema as a whole (for better or worse) and generally speaking, what’s done is done and there are few points left to prove.

Me? I appreciate Charlie Rose taking the time to get his head around this Avatar phenomenon and really break it down into hard questions for Cameron to answer. Interviews like this are priceless. Bravo, Mr. Rose.

Did you make sure to listen to Cameron’s thoughts about going up against his ex-wife (Bigelow) at the Oscars this year (about 25:00 in)? Talk about drama icon smile Cameron Tackles Hard Questions About Avatar and More .

Thoughts on Charlie Rose’s interview with James Cameron?

Avatar is still in theaters making bank.

Source: Hulu

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  1. See I agree with him completely (or for the most part anyway) about industrialization and politics. But that doesn't change what I feel about his movie. I mean, I agree with the message in Avatar, though I feel like that message was conveyed in a cliched and exaggerated way.

  2. But I do understand why he made the plot the way he did and that's fine. Hopefully the next one will actually be more than a substitution of pronouns from other stories now that the first one received such success.

  3. Doesn't stream outside US :(
    Anyone know of a transcript?

  4. Wow, very well put Cameron. He tackled all the tough questions indeed and his arguments are perfectly sound and logical. Sure, he won't change some people's minds but to all that say “there's no story” or “too many cliche's” should really take a second look at their criticisms. Of course there will be those that “rebel” against such a main stream success based solely on their own strive for attention and an appearance of being unique.

    I enjoyed the hell out of this movie even though I went in thinking it would be pretty bad (at least over hyped). It blew me away and obviously many many MANY other people as well.

  5. i hate hulu

  6. Wow, that was a great interview – that almost ruined the movie for me. Fortunately, I can separate his overblown ego and ignorance from a very well executed piece of film making.

    What I don't understand is how he can look right past the experience of his own life and believe the fallacy of our environment 'on the brink'. His entire life, we have been told with certainty that we about to go over the cliff – too many mouths to feed, diminishing resources, fouled air and water and a “changing” climate (when he was young, the next Ice age was just around the corner, now its a devastating heat).

    Today, our air and water are demonstrably cleaner (when was the last time Lake Erie caught fire?). Many of whom we call 'poor' today, live in relative comfort – complete with air conditioning, cable TV and cell phones.

    Sure there are challenges, but they are no more daunting than past challenges: Slavery, the Dust Bowl, Polio, global Nazism/communism. Our greatest threat today isn't militant Islam – its the Environmentalists that want to choke off cheap energy.

    Cheap energy (and from it mobility) is the surest way to lift the poor of Africa and Asia to a standard of living that allows for the choice of clean air and clean water (its how we did it).

  7. i'm going to go see it tomorrow! already got tickets!

  8. You haven't seen it? Wow. Guess this is how stay topping the box office. It's been over TWO MONTHS now, BTW. Ridiculous.

  9. I really just want to smack James Cameron in the face with Disney's “Pocahontas” synopsis. He knows it well. He based a whole movie on it.

  10. That's one smart cookie right there. You gotta respect his ability to articulate his thoughts and take on the criticisms.

  11. Nice interview.

  12. Nice interview.