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Cameron Talks to Hardball About the Oil Spill

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2010 at 12:29PM

James Cameron talked to Hardball about the oil spill--and cleared up the "morons" out-of-context issue. He started out thinking that BP didn't know what it was doing, and came to the conclusion that what they were dealing with was "an amazingly complex problem" down in the formation inside the well, 13,000 feet beneath the ocean floor. Doing the wrong thing could make things a lot worse.
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James Cameron talked to Hardball about the oil spill--and cleared up the "morons" out-of-context issue. He started out thinking that BP didn't know what it was doing, and came to the conclusion that what they were dealing with was "an amazingly complex problem" down in the formation inside the well, 13,000 feet beneath the ocean floor. Doing the wrong thing could make things a lot worse.

When asked about setting off a nuclear bomb, Cameron shakes his head and asks, "do you want oil-tasting shrimp for two years or radioactive shrimp for 10,000 years?" Also, he's genuinely trying to help. So it turns out that when BP said that they didn't need Mir submersibles--that was because they had their own vehicles. And he and the team of deep-sea engineering experts he assembled has come up with some technical solutions that might be viable. But Cameron grants that BP may have other reasons for not following them. "The government needs its own information," he said. He'd like the government to go after its own information, and not rely on BP, which is hardly an objective source, to supply information. Cameron met with several government officials and has a lot of knowledge. Knowing Cameron as I do, I trust him completely. He's knows his stuff.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.