Cameron Talks Avatar Redux

by Anne Thompson
August 7, 2010 12:45 PM
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Avatar is coming back on August 27 with nine minutes of new footage, mostly set on Pandora. Hell, I'd see it again in a nano-second. Has anything you've seen since you saw Avatar been nearly as good? The extra footage includes the death of the Na'vi warrior Tsu'tey, Cameron told MTV News (audio on jump), among several outlets he did phoners with late Friday afternoon:

"There's a pretty powerful emotional scene at the end which is Tsu'tey's death ... which happens off-camera in the original release. [In the original film] he kind of falls off the back of the shuttle and that's the last that you see of him but here we follow through. We have this emotional scene with Jake [Sully] and Neytiri and some other Na'vi that gather around him in the forest," Cameron said. The director added that the decision to cut down on Tsu'tey's passing was initially met with resistance from his team.

"It's a funny thing because everybody that was working on the film, when I said I'm taking out Tsu'tey's death, they said, 'What? You can't do that!' They had all fallen in love with it [because] it's a pretty powerful moment," he said. "It's such an amazing accomplishment on [visual effects supervisor Timothy] Webber's part because the emotionality in the CG is really quite stunning."

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5 Comments

  • Tim | August 10, 2010 2:37 AMReply

    Sorry guys but AVATAR sucked really bad. The effects were ok but the movie itself was horrible. I along with the many others who didnt play into the hype will save our time for something more worthwhile. Like defying its message and destroying the environment.

  • Mark | August 8, 2010 11:35 AMReply

    I feel sorry for the posters above, who clearly walked into Avatar expecting Proust. Avatar was a joyous cinema experience for me, a blockbuster helmed by someone who actually knew what they were doing with the medium, and a relief to see well-staged and edited action sequences again after 15 years of near-incomprehensibility. It's a 50s B-movie writ large, the dumb general (played with relish by Stephen Lang) is an old trope of the genre as anyone who has read a sci-fi novel knows. Sure Avatar has corny moments and some bad acting. The same could be said of Star Wars. The storyline of Avatar may be 'recycled' as David says (as all stories have been for the past few thousand years) but it was a pleasure to see a classical tale retold. What is the story of JJ Abrams's Star Trek? Or Pirates of the Carribean? Or the Transformers movies? Those are blockbusters seriously lacking in the storytelling department. Hitting Cameron for an unoriginal story doesn't make any sense to me at all. Avatar is primal, if you can't be moved by a cripple awakening in a new body and finding his place in the world (albeit an alien one) you're welcome to the other dreck Hollywood has to offer, like 99% of this summer's offerings.

  • Marcy | August 8, 2010 4:46 AMReply

    I wasn't overly enthusiastic about this film like alot of people were. I thought it was good, especially the CGI, no big deal. What I don't understand is Cameron deleting a death scene that he and his crew considered to be "pretty powerful". And now he wants to re release the film to theaters August 27, with the scene included. Talk about greed. He didn't make enough $$$$$$$? I'm sure he won't need to file for welfare anytime soon.

  • brian | August 8, 2010 3:46 AMReply

    I couldn't agree more David, the only reason I made it through this movie was for its groundbreaking 3D effects. And, no I would not see this movie again, even though I manage a movie theater

  • David | August 8, 2010 2:20 AMReply

    "Has anything you’ve seen since you saw Avatar been nearly as good?" That's presuming that Avatar was good to begin with. Yes, the CGI is stunning, but the acting is shallow and the storyline recycled. The whole thing of the Army guy going off the deep in and blowing it up is obvious from the moment you see him on screen. Cameron would have done better to have the character come across as showing concern for them, but in the end not giving a crap.

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