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Oct. 20, 2009by:

The New Yorker has an absolutely massive profile of uber-director, James Cameron, in its latest issue online. It chronicles his early life, making spaceship models as a boy, to his most recent battle trying to hammer AVATAR into the greatest movie ever made. It's a fascinating look at the man, and the method behind his madness, and believe me, there’s plenty of madness to go around.

Here he is talking the media’s initial reporting on how much of a disaster TITANIC was going to be:

Even now, Cameron resents the media’s treatment of the film. “We were branded as the biggest idiots in movie history,” he told me. “They were just sharpening their knives so they could really take the film apart. Then they couldn’t. So, fuck them. Fuck ’em all.”

And here you can see his absolutely insane commitment to detail as he reviews a creature in AVATAR:

The meeting ended on a boisterous note. “That fuckin’ rocks!” Cameron called out in response to an image of a snarling maw of thin blue-veined tissue, the mouth of the pterodactyl-like banshee that Jake’s avatar domesticates for his ride. “Look at the gill-like membrane on the side of the mouth, its transmission of light, all the secondary color saturation on the tongue, and that maxilla bone. I love what you did with the translucence on the teeth, and the way the quadrate bone racks the teeth forward. It’s a sharky thing. As wacky as this creature is, it looks completely real. Maybe I’m getting high on my own supply.” He was practically out of breath. “The banshee lives! He’s a fierce-looking sonuvabitch."

And finally, one quote that appears to sum up what it’s like to work with the man:

“Even though he knew I was on his side, nobody’s ever on his side,” Bill Mechanic, who ran Fox Studios during the making of “Titanic,” said. “It’s like you’re in the trenches and your infantry-mate is shooting at you, even if you’re the only one there who can save his life.”

After just finishing the entire twelve pages, the conclusion I draw is one that I’ve suspected all along. The man is absolute hell to work for, but his insane commitment to every single detail (the man can do, and often does, every job on the set, from lighting to make-up), is the reason that he’s created some of the greatest films of all time, and really, has yet to disappoint.

It gives me faith in AVATAR, because he doesn’t seem like a man who would release a movie it was just eterrible, and if he had to, would spend another ten years trying to fix it.

I highly suggest reading the entire piece for yourself here.

Extra Tidbit: When someone in the audience asked about his next movie, he replied, You know, its not a great time to ask a woman if she wants to have other kids when shes crowning.
Source: The New Yorker

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3:31PM on 10/21/2009
Cameron rules so much.
Cameron rules so much.
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2:36PM on 10/21/2009

BUNCH OF HATERS

IM GOING TO ENJOY WHEN HIS aVATAR COMES OUT AND EVERYONE IS GOING TO KISS HIS ASS..YA SOME PICKY FUCKERS WHO DONT KNOW SHIT WHEN IT COMES TO SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING THATS NEVER BEEN DONE..THIS GUY DOES FOR SCI-FI WHAT pETER jACKSON DID TO ePIC'S ..SO GROW UP..JUST WAIT..HES A VISIONARY, AND INNOVATOR MY MAN DOES NOT COPY..
IM GOING TO ENJOY WHEN HIS aVATAR COMES OUT AND EVERYONE IS GOING TO KISS HIS ASS..YA SOME PICKY FUCKERS WHO DONT KNOW SHIT WHEN IT COMES TO SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING THATS NEVER BEEN DONE..THIS GUY DOES FOR SCI-FI WHAT pETER jACKSON DID TO ePIC'S ..SO GROW UP..JUST WAIT..HES A VISIONARY, AND INNOVATOR MY MAN DOES NOT COPY..
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12:08PM on 10/21/2009
People need to realize that he IS the director and if he has a vision and you arent making it easy for him to deliver that vision, you better be ready for some hard ass work because thats what it takes.
I've heard similar claims about what it was like to work for Michael Jackson, the guy would have you play and record the same thing over a thousand times before he was satisfied. The musicians would hate him for it, t
hen later thank him for it.
People need to realize that he IS the director and if he has a vision and you arent making it easy for him to deliver that vision, you better be ready for some hard ass work because thats what it takes.
I've heard similar claims about what it was like to work for Michael Jackson, the guy would have you play and record the same thing over a thousand times before he was satisfied. The musicians would hate him for it, t
hen later thank him for it.
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11:48PM on 10/20/2009
1989's "The Abyss" and 1994's "True Lies" are as far as I go with this guy.
1989's "The Abyss" and 1994's "True Lies" are as far as I go with this guy.
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1:26AM on 10/21/2009
Why stop at those two? The guy makes one movie per decade now. So you weren't interested in Titanic. That has nothing to do with his current effort. Why pre-judge something you have not even seen yet?
Why stop at those two? The guy makes one movie per decade now. So you weren't interested in Titanic. That has nothing to do with his current effort. Why pre-judge something you have not even seen yet?
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10:28PM on 10/20/2009
It's going to be hilarious if Avatar flops.
It's going to be hilarious if Avatar flops.
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10:24PM on 10/20/2009
i find that people who know something or a lot about everything that needs to be done in a film/cartoon ect are often the best because they have an understanding of what people are/have to do. when you know how other things are done, because you've done them yourself, i think its fine to ask more from the people doing it, because you know how they feel/what it takes to do the job your asking them to do.(of course, im not saything that it gives justification to be a prick about it either.)
i find that people who know something or a lot about everything that needs to be done in a film/cartoon ect are often the best because they have an understanding of what people are/have to do. when you know how other things are done, because you've done them yourself, i think its fine to ask more from the people doing it, because you know how they feel/what it takes to do the job your asking them to do.(of course, im not saything that it gives justification to be a prick about it either.)
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3:40PM on 10/20/2009

love him

One of my favorite movies he's done is Aquaman. Man. Just doesn't get much better!

:P. Lookin forward to Avatar greatly!
One of my favorite movies he's done is Aquaman. Man. Just doesn't get much better!

:P. Lookin forward to Avatar greatly!
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4:53PM on 10/20/2009
"No way am I going to be on a 70 foot screen looking like an underwater Elton John!" - Vince
"No way am I going to be on a 70 foot screen looking like an underwater Elton John!" - Vince
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3:29PM on 10/20/2009
He's like super-naturally good at what he does. So good in fact that some of the greatness, and the small details go unnoticed by audiences.
He's like super-naturally good at what he does. So good in fact that some of the greatness, and the small details go unnoticed by audiences.
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3:08PM on 10/20/2009
cameron is supremely talented at amping the volume.
but hes no mozart.
cameron is supremely talented at amping the volume.
but hes no mozart.
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2:11PM on 10/20/2009

cameron in a nutshell....

over. rated. with the exception of aliens and the first terminator i've never really liked anything else he's done.
over. rated. with the exception of aliens and the first terminator i've never really liked anything else he's done.
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1:07PM on 10/20/2009

Ussualy

The most intriguing and successful men in the world are pompus a-holes who are deeply flawed.... JC doesn't break that mold... while he does have issues, you can not deny his talent, and I'm one who beleives that you can't have one without the other....
The most intriguing and successful men in the world are pompus a-holes who are deeply flawed.... JC doesn't break that mold... while he does have issues, you can not deny his talent, and I'm one who beleives that you can't have one without the other....
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