“Titanic” and “Avatar” director James Cameron outrageously asserted in a recent interview on “Avatar: The Way Of Water” that testosterone is a “toxin” that men should work out of their systems.
He made the comment to The Hollywood Reporter for a piece that went online Wednesday just a couple of weeks before the release of the film that has been more than a decade in the making. Aside from special effects, many considered the first “Avatar” movie extremely forgettable.
“Maybe it’s still a honeymoon phase,” Cameron, 68, commented concerning his relationship with Disney. “I don’t know. We’ll see. If the movie doesn’t make money, then, maybe, the honeymoon’s over.”
The director claims that he has changed as he has grown older and that his “F-bomb-laden shouting matches with executives is behind him.”
Testosterone rocks ngl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 4, 2022
“A lot of things I did earlier, I wouldn’t do — career-wise and just risks that you take as a wild, testosterone-poisoned young man,” he remarked. “I always think of [testosterone] as a toxin that you have to slowly work out of your system.”
“The Way of Water is Cameron’s first film in 13 years, since the original Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all time ($2.92 billion worldwide), collected nine Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director, and introduced groundbreaking new filmmaking techniques. The sequel cost more than $350 million, and it’s scheduled to kick off a wave of three more Avatar movies, which, if completed, will represent a more than $1 billion investment for Disney on production costs alone,” The Hollywood Reporter noted.
His attitude is toxic!
— steve k US (@stk2470) December 4, 2022
The media outlet went on to highlight his environmentalism, tying it into the film.
“Cameron’s environmentalism goes well beyond the Hollywood standard — drive a high-end electric vehicle, write a check. He drives a 2013 Kia Rio because he says a small quality used car has less of a carbon footprint than a new electric car. He has sold his two houses in L.A., and his family now splits time between what he describes as a “comparably modest” home in Wellington and a 5,000-acre farm about 20 miles away that grows hemp and organic vegetables. He’s also invested in agricultural land and a manufacturing facility in Saskatchewan, Canada, to make pea protein for vegan foods, and has executive produced a documentary, The Game Changers, about athletes with plant-based diets. ‘I don’t define success and wealth as things, but as experiences between people and between us and nature and places — things that really feed you,’ he says,” The Hollywood Reporter stated.
“Cameron believes most of us are suffering from what he calls ‘nature deficit disorder,’ that our indoor, screen-bound, urban lifestyles have left us easily distracted and disconnected from our senses. Part of what convinced him to get back behind the camera was the potential he saw for his movies to impact the audience’s relationship with the environment. As he points out, ‘Avatar is the highest-grossing film, and it’s a movie that’s asking you to cry for a tree.’” the outlet continued its lovefest over Cameron’s greenness.
Well I guess I’ll be skipping Avatar 2. I don’t need to be lectured for 3 hours.
— Derek Holmes (@DerekHo38029564) December 4, 2022
“Audiences in 2022 are even more attuned to those themes and potentially more anxious about them. ‘You can’t hit environmental messaging over the head,’ Cameron says. ‘People are angsty enough. We’ll be injecting this film into a marketplace in a different time. And maybe things that were over the horizon in 2009 are upon us now. Maybe it’s not entertainment anymore.’ Avatar: The Way of Water, Cameron says, is not intended to make people fear climate change but to suggest, by way of choices made by the film’s Na’vi characters, some alternate paths forward. ‘We skipped from complete denial [of climate change] to fatalistic acceptance, and we missed the middle step,’ he says. ‘The filmmaker’s role is not to make it all gloom and doom anymore but to offer constructive solutions,’” he said, according to the outlet.
Cameron also discussed Leonardo DiCaprio’s “diva-like attitude” during the filming of “Titanic” and how it almost cost him the iconic role of Jack in the 1997 blockbuster.
He recounted his first meeting with the star that ostensibly went well except for all the women who suddenly wanted to be in the room.
So if testosterone is toxic, does this mean James Cameron is gonna have himself gelded??
If he does, he can always auction them off for extra $$, after going woke broke.
— Reagan Jordan (@1Facebookfelon) December 4, 2022
“There was a meeting with Leo and there was a screen test with Leo,” Cameron recounted. “So the meeting was funny because I’m in my conference room waiting to meet an actor, right? And I look around, and all the women in the entire office are in the meeting for some reason. Like, there’s a female executive producer, okay, fine. But our accountant? You know, why was she in the meeting?”
“So Leo came in — of course, charmed everybody, myself included,” he recalled. “And I said, ‘Alright, let’s see what your chemistry’s like with Kate.’”
When DiCaprio was asked to return and meet Kate Winslet he agreed. But when he was asked to read with her, he acted offended.
“He said, ‘You mean I’m reading?’” Cameron quoted DiCaprio. “And I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Oh, I don’t read.’”
"I'm king of the world!" – James Cameron breaks down one of his most iconic lines ever, from #Titanic pic.twitter.com/PPfh9U9BR9
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 1, 2022
At that point, Cameron thanked DiCaprio for his time. He claims the star backpedaled immediately.
“He said, ‘Wait, wait, wait. You mean if I don’t read, I don’t get the part? Just like that?’” DiCaprio asked.
“I said, ‘Oh, yeah. Come on. This is, like, a giant movie that’s gonna take two years of my life … so I’m not gonna f*** it up by making the wrong decision in casting. So you’re gonna read, or you’re not gonna get the part,’” Cameron told him.
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