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James Cameron Calls Trump Adminsitration “Insane,” Defends Titanic Door Scene, and Says Oscars Are Biased Against Blockbusters

Basically, he had a lot to say about a lot of things.

James Cameron has had a lot on his mind, lately. After saying he’s not impressed with the way the Aliens franchise turned out, he’s speaking out again. This time, the man behind Aliens as well as the Terminator and Avatar franchises, is sharing his thoughts about Donald Trump’s current administration, which just saw a number of executive orders issued including a temporary ban on certain Muslin-majority countries and spawned protests throughout the country.

“Am I worried? Of course,” he told The Daily Beast. “I’m like anyone of good conscience and reasonable intelligence. I think we’re the biggest freakin’ idiot civilization in history right now, and they’ll probably be talking about us 4,000 years from now scratching their heads—like they talk about Atlantis. Who are those guys? What did they do to piss off the gods so much that they’re buried under a hundred feet of mud right now?…It’s basically the upside-down world right now, and the kind of dialogue coming out of these guys sounds like George Orwell. Alternate facts? There’s no such thing as an alternate fact! These people are insane.” Let it all out, James. It may not be the Jedi way but it’s how many people are feeling right now.

Cameron also spoke up about the Oscars, saying the awards ceremony has a certain bias against blockbuster films. Sure, Titanic won 11 out of 14 of the awards it was nominated for including Best Picture and we’ve seen others like Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight and Wall-E get rewarded, but those tend to be special cases and rarely do they get recognition in the acting categories.

“There’s definitely a bias,” he added, per The Playlist, he added. “The Academy still has a majority of its members that are actors. Look, I love actors, but that’s how they think—they’re generally skeptical of technology. So when they see a film that’s too dependent on visual effects, they say, oh, that’s not an acting movie. Well Titanic was a visual effects movie in sheep’s clothing, you know? Yes, it had visual effects, but it was about the people and about the story. The visual effects were eclipsed by that. But if you do a movie like Avatar, the effects are right out front, and even though I felt the acting was just as good, and the story we were telling was just as good, they’re not going to reward it the same way. That’s just a fact of life.”

And speaking of Titanic, there has been much debate about whether or not Jack would have survived if Rose had simply moved over on the floating piece of wood. Mythbusters took on that theory, concluding that both would have survived if they also tied life jackets to ensure the fixture remained above water with both bodies on board.

“OK, so let’s really play that out,” the Titanic director said, according to EW. “You’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. Mythbusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later— which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you 5-to-10 minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died.”

Plus, if it’s written in the script for him to die, then die he must. Well, that’s what Cameron said in the episode anyway.

(via Entertainment Weekly, image via screencap)

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