The director of the latest Avatar has decided to remove a certain scene that made him feel bad.
James Cameron is a hugely popular film director who has worked on such titles as Titanic and Terminator. Now another work has been created under his name, which can be considered wildly successful.
Avatar: The Way of Water is a film that came out to theaters just before Christmas, and is already breaking all sorts of records. It is one of those titles that keep us on the couch for a whole 3h, and it turns out that the film was supposed to be even longer. However, the director decided to remove a certain scene.
“It makes my stomach turn.”
These were the words of James Cameron in one interview with Esquire Middle East when he decided to reveal the fact that the film was going to be another 10 minutes longer. Currently, Avatar: The Way of Water is 3 hours and 10 minutes long, so relatively long for cinema production. There was supposed to be one additional scene in the film, but according to the director, he couldn’t watch it.
I actually cut about 10 minutes of the movie targeting gunplay action. I wanted to get rid of some of the ugliness, to find a balance between light and dark. You have to have conflict, of course. Violence and action are the same thing, depending on how you look at it. This is the dilemma of every action filmmaker, and I’m known as an action filmmaker.
The entire shooting scene was supposed to last about 10 minutes, but James Cameron decided to remove it. The director’s explanation for this is that he wants to stop fetishizing guns in his films, mainly because of the rampant violence in the US.
I look back on some films that I’ve made, and I don’t know if I would want to make that film now. I don’t know if I would want to fetishize the gun, like I did on a couple of ‘Terminator’ movies 30-plus years ago, in our current world. What’s happening with guns in our society turns my stomach.
James Cameron has been vocal about changing his approach to making his films. Arguably, if another Terminator were to be made in the future, we would see completely different scenes containing violence than we have seen so far.