Watch: James Cameron Opens Up About His Kids’ Feelings About Avatar
James Cameron has confessed his children didn’t share his love for the original Avatar movie, describing the 2009 blockbuster as “daddy’s thing”.
But the filmmaker said his family had come to love Pandora just in time for the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, which is expected to be followed by three more sequels.
“I have five [kids]they’re all different ages and they’re not necessarily big fans of the first Avatar — ‘it’s daddy’s thing’, you know what I mean — but they love the new movie,” Cameron told Yahoo. UK.
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The 68-year-old director explained that the new film not only focuses on Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), but on their relationship with their children.
The story follows the Sully family as they flee their home in the wake of the renewed threat from Quaritch (Stephen Lang) and the other “sky people”, with parents and children adjusting to a new life.
Fifteen years after the events of the first film, Jake and Neytiri are now parents to sons Neteyam (Jamie Flatters) and Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), as well as daughter Tuk (Trinity Jo-Li Bliss) and adopted daughter Kiri. (Sigourney Weaver)
Cameron said: “It’s more child-focused, and I don’t mean it in an insulting way like seven-year-olds. It’s about teenagers and this deeply anxious and chaotic time in our lives. lives.
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“I remember it when I was that age and I remember it as a father from when my kids were that age. It’s what I wanted to write about.”
Cameron said he wanted to not only tell the story from “the father’s perspective,” but also get a glimpse of how the young characters felt.
He added, “One of the unexpected twists is that we leave in the middle of the movie and follow Lo’ak and Kiri. Jake and Neytiri drift off a bit and then it all comes back together in the third act.”
He also explained that he consciously decided not to recap key plot points from the original film in The Way of Water.
“Even if you don’t know or remember the details of what happened in the first movie, it’s sort of a separate story, so I’m not that worried about it,” said said the director.
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With the addition of younger characters to The Way of Water comes a selection of cast members who were very young when the first film dominated Hollywood and became the highest-grossing film ever made.
Trinity Bliss – the youngest of the debutantes, going by the name Tuk – was born the same year Avatar hit cinema screens, but has since formed an intense bond with the material.
“My whole family had gone to see it. They loved it and I heard about all their experiences later, but the first time I finally watched it was an audition,” she said. .
Bliss added, “I just watched it over and over again. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful world of Pandora. It became one of my favorite movies and it still is to this day. When the re-release came out, I watched three times in a week – once in IMAX, twice in 3D.”
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Bailey Bass joins the cast of The Way of Water as Tsireya – a young member of the Metkayina Na’vi dive clan with whom the Sully family find refuge.
She said: “I remember my mother watching [the first film] in the living room and saw some glimpses but didn’t quite understand what was going on. I was six when it came out and eight when I saw those little clips.
“When I was 12 and they took the last people auditioning to LA, we sat in a room and watched it in 3D.”
Jack Champion, who plays the teenage human Spider in the film, is now 18 and says he “remembers glimpses” of Avatar from his childhood.
He said, “When I found out I was auditioning for Avatar 2, I obsessively watched it for about a month straight. I was just locked in tunnel vision.
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“I got to the point where I was correcting Jim about stuff. He was like ‘can we have a Banshee?’ and I was like ‘it’s actually called an ikran.’ He said it wrong.
Presumably, Cameron’s kids haven’t quite reached Champion level yet, but there’s no doubt they’ll be correcting their dad on Pandora’s faun soon.
Avatar: The Way of Water will be available in theaters and IMAX from December 16.
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