Josh Brolin is revealing how he upset James Cameron was after he turned down a role in director's upcoming Avatar sequels. Brolin is without question one of the hottest actors in Hollywood right now, with roles as Cable in Deadpool 2 and Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War coming up next year. This week, he stirred up even more anticipation for Cable in Deadpool 2 when Ryan Reynolds sent out a pair of tweets revealing Brolin in character for the first time.
With other films like No Country for Old Men, Milk and Sicaro to his credit, it should come as no surprise that Brolin is heavy in demand by A-list directors, which perhaps explains why Cameron was pursuing him for presumably a big role in his four Avatar sequels. But for one reason or another, Brolin tells Esquire that he wasn't interested in the opportunity, which he says angered the Oscar-winning Titanic director. He says:
"If I don't want to do Avatar, I'm not going to do Avatar. James Cameron's f---ing calling me this name and that name. Whatever. If James Cameron came to me and said, 'Hey, man, why'd you say that?' I'd go, 'Because it happened.' "
While it's not completely unusual for actors to grouse about working on a project once the film has ended its theatrical run, it's very rare for anyone to speak so openly about turning down a role, much less any subsequent tensions that accompanied the discussions. Ultimately, it's a pretty gutsy move on Brolin's part to call out Cameron, and chances are slim to none that he'll ever be considered for a movie being directed or produced by the filmmaker ever again. The move certainly shows that Brolin is very comfortable with his career prospects, and his livelihood in Hollywood certainly won't be threatened by his involvement in Deadpool 2, Infinity War, and The Avengers 4, and any subsequent sequels.
While Cameron has a reputation for being demanding on set, it's easy to see how he could have gotten upset that an A-lister turned the Avatar sequels down. Not only is Avatar still the biggest box office global hit off all-time, Cameron is certainly making movie history by simultaneously producing four films at once (a looming feat that would have any filmmaker on edge and ready to pop, much less Cameron).
It would seem crazy for any actor to turn down such a major opportunity, but obviously Brolin doesn't care. Who knows? Maybe his reason is something as simple as not liking the first Avatar film. And while Brolin already has delivered his response in the event Cameron responds to the actor's Esquire interview, it will be interesting to hear the director tell his version of the story should he choose to do so. If the drama continues to play out, maybe Ryan Murphy will consider the Brolin/Cameron tiff for a future season of Feud.
- Avatar 2 (2021) release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Avatar 3 (2023) release date: Dec 22, 2023
- Avatar 4 (2025) release date: Dec 19, 2025
- Avatar 5 (2027) release date: Dec 17, 2027