Kate Winslet Explains James Cameron’s Reunion in Avatar Sequel

Watch: Kate Winslet explores her connection to James Cameron from Titanic

Kate Winslet says she and director James Cameron were “older and wiser” on Avatar: The Way of Water than when they first worked together on Titanic.

Winslet made infamous comments about her director after the difficult filming of the 1997 film, saying in an interview that he “has a temper like you wouldn’t believe” and that she would “only work for Jim Cameron again for a lot of money”.

More than two decades later, however, the director and star were on set again, with Winslet taking on the role of Na’vi warrior Ronal in Avatar: The Way of Water.

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“I think we’re just older, wiser, different people. Creatively, hopefully, I’ve gone away and learned a lot and he’s, for sure, evolved tremendously as a director and as a person,” Winslet told Yahoo. UK.

Kate Winslet and James Cameron worked together for the first time since Titanic with Avatar: The Way of Water. (Getty/Disney)

She added: “He’s driven and determined like he always has been but, my God, he’s such a genius. To watch him at work and to see the details that go into it, he really runs the show.

“He’s the only one who ultimately knows what needs to happen to achieve his vision. And he’s always right.

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“The lovely thing is that when he’s not right, now he’ll say, ‘That was kind of a mistake. It never really worked out, but I just wanted to give it a try and see and yeah I was wrong’.

“So it’s really reassuring to know that he’s able to say ‘I could have had a better idea for this thing’. All of us are like that, so I really appreciated that about Jim . It was fantastic.”

Kate Winslet plays Ronal, a member of the Metkayina clan, in Avatar: The Way of the Water.  (20th century workshops)

Kate Winslet plays Ronal, a member of the Metkayina clan, in Avatar: The Way of the Water. (20th century workshops)

Winslet’s character in the film is Ronal, wife of the chieftain of the Metkayina Na’vi clan, who takes in the protagonists Jake and Neytiri and their family as refugees.

Ronal is pregnant during the film, which Winslet describes as an extremely important facet of the character because “pregnant women are capable of a lot”.

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She added: “People don’t always necessarily think that. Jim knows what women are capable of and is totally impressed with it.

“I love that he included that in his film because he clearly has so much admiration for the physical abilities of pregnant women. It was a wonderful thing to be involved in.”

Ronal is pregnant during the events of Avatar: The Way of Water.  (20th century workshops)

Ronal is pregnant during the events of Avatar: The Way of Water. (20th century workshops)

Her previous work for Cameron was also water-based, so her role in the Avatar sequel raises the specter of a certain ocean scene from 1997 – and a notorious door piece.

“It’s funny, the gate seems to have had a resurgence in recent years. I don’t know why,” Winslet said.

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She added: “People seem to be doing all sorts of experiments about whether or not they could have really fit on the door.

“It’s hilarious. It’s one of those unanswered questions. We’ll just have to go back and see if we could both really walk through that door eventually.”

Titanic's climactic scene has been the subject of debate ever since the film was first released in theaters.  (CBS/Getty/Paramount)

Titanic’s climactic scene has been the subject of debate ever since the film was first released in theaters. (CBS/Getty/Paramount)

But on this occasion, Winslet’s underwater survival skills became legendary. During one streak, she held her breath underwater for seven minutes and 14 seconds, breaking a record set by Tom Cruise.

Winslet explained that she was “surprised at how well I could actually do it,” but always thought it was a skill she could learn if given the chance.

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She said: “I knew it was something I was going to be really comfortable with, and I knew there was the potential that maybe I could get pretty good just because I didn’t. was never afraid.

“I was able to relax enough to be able to hold my breath for long periods of time, sort of from the start. But when I did that big apnea, I couldn’t believe it. I was very proud of myself and I was amazed that I did that.”

Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters and IMAX on December 16.

Watch the trailer for Avatar: The Way of the Water

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