Intro to a longish interview with James Cameron for The Oregonian....
James Cameron is enjoying a bit of a victory lap at the moment.
The director of "Titanic," "Avatar," "Aliens" and the first two "Terminator" films is making the rounds to promote the limited re-release of "Avatar" -- with eight-and-a-half minutes of additional footage -- in digital 3D and IMAX theaters. The expanded cut of Cameron's saga about noble blue aliens fighting off resource-plundering humans opened Friday, Aug. 27, and any additional box-office revenues will presumably be added to the film's record-smashing $2.7 billion worldwide gross.
(By the way, a special-edition home-video box set this November will be even longer, with a reported 16 minutes of additional footage. As Cameron half-jokingly promised during our interview, "If you just want to wallow in 'Avatar' for three hours, I can get that for you.")
Mr. Cameron and I talked for a little over 20 minutes about the technical challenges of transposing real facial expressions onto 12-foot-tall blue aliens; changing technology and filmmaking fundamentals; the ideas that his underrated 1989 film "The Abyss" shares with "Avatar"; helping his pal Guillermo del Toro realize his dreams; Cameron's tendency to make "violent films about peace"; the bureaucratic idiocies of BP; deleted scenes; and the enduring legacy of "Aliens" hardware.
James Cameron Q&A (The Oregonian)