- James Cameron is not a fan of gun violence anymore.
- He told Esquire Middle East he cut out 10 minutes of “gunplay” from “Avatar: The Way of Water.”
- “I look back on some films that I’ve made, and I don’t know if I would want to make that film now,” he said.
James Cameron feels differently about showcasing gun violence in his movies compared to earlier in his career.
In fact, the acclaimed director revealed he took out some gun use in “Avatar: The Way of Water.”
“I actually cut about 10 minutes of the movie targeting gunplay action,” he recently told Esquire Middle East writer William Mullally.
“I wanted to get rid of some of the ugliness, to find a balance between light and dark,” he continued.
That’s not to say “The Way of Water” isn’t gun-free. There’s still a lot of gun violence that in some instances leads to horrific results. But Cameron says it’s necessary to build up the drama.
“You have to have conflict, of course. Violence and action are the same thing, depending on how you look at it,” he explained. “This is the dilemma of every action filmmaker, and I’m known as an action filmmaker.”
Cameron is responsible for gun-toting action classics such as “The Terminator,” its beloved sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and “Aliens.” But looking back at it now, the 68-year-old admitted he feels differently about those movies.
“I look back on some films that I’ve made, and I don’t know if I would want to make that film now,” he said. “I don’t know if I would want to fetishize the gun, like I did on a couple of ‘Terminator’ movies 30+ years ago, in our current world. What’s happening with guns in our society turns my stomach.”
“I’m happy to be living in New Zealand where they just banned all assault rifles two weeks after that horrific mosque shooting a couple of years ago,” he added.
Cameron’s new attitude toward guns in his action movies could possibly impact the “Terminator” franchise if he has his way.
Recently, the Oscar-winner said on the “Smartless” podcast that if the franchise went forward under his watch, he would “make it much more about the AI side of it than bad robots gone crazy.”