“I don’t know if I want to fetishize the gun in today’s world like I did in a couple of ‘Terminator’ movies over 30 years ago. What happens to guns in our society turns my stomach.”
Avatar: Way of the Water features plenty of action and violence as the Na’vi battle their human invaders with spears, swords and hands. But although the humans and their Na’vi avatars carry many weapons, director James Cameron tried to keep the use of weapons to a minimum, even cutting out various weapon action scenes from the final cut.
“I actually cut about 10 minutes of the film that focuses on gunfights,” Cameron said in an interview with Esquire Middle East. “I wanted to get rid of some of the ugliness to find a balance between light and dark. Of course you have to have conflicts. Violence and action are the same, depending on how you look at it. That’s every action filmmaker’s dilemma, and I’m known as an action filmmaker.”
Cameron went on to explain that he feels uncomfortable about glorifying the use of guns in his films given the rampant gun violence in the United States and said his approach to certain action films he’s made – like the Terminator -Movies – would probably change if he had made them in today’s climate.
“I look back on some films I’ve done and I don’t know if I want to do this film now. I don’t know if I want to fetishize the gun in our world today like I did in a few ‘Terminator’ movies over 30 years ago. What is happening to guns in our society makes my stomach churn,” Cameron said.
“I’m glad to live in New Zealand where they banned all assault rifles just two weeks after that horrific mosque shooting a few years ago,” he added, referring to the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack.
Cameron was recently interviewed on the Smartass podcast where he mentioned that plans for a new Terminator movie were being discussed. Though he didn’t go into specifics, he said he would try to reimagine the franchise should it be revived.
“If I were to do another ‘Terminator’ movie and maybe try to start this franchise again, which is currently being discussed but not decided yet, I would put it a lot more around the AI side than evil robots gone mad .” Cameron said on the podcast.
Avatar: Way of the Water is in theaters now.
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