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James Cameron addresses his past “cruel” behaviour on set


Film sets may notoriously be one of the most stressful environments to work in, though this shouldn’t lead to complaints from previous collaborators as it has with influential filmmaker James Cameron.

Having to come out to address claims that he’s “cruel” on film sets, the director of Avatar and Titanic admitted he was a “tinpot dictator” when it came to the production of his movies. Speaking of the regrets of his past career, it has been reported that, “[The director] does say that if he could go back and do one thing differently in his career, it would be to improve the nature of the working relationships he had with his cast and crew members”.

In his own words, the director commented: “‘I could’ve listened more…I could’ve been less autocratic. I could’ve not made the movie more important than the human interaction of the crew”. He also noted Ron Howard as one of the most calm, collected and complimentary filmmakers he has ever worked with, stating: “I aspire, even today, to try to be my inner Ron Howard”. 

Past director of The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss, Cameron has long been sculpting the future of his influential Avatar series of which four films are currently in the works. In 2020 the director confirmed that the sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time had finished filming, with the third film “95% complete”

Initially due for release in December 2021, Avatar 2 has been pushed back a year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, with Avatar 3, Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 expected to follow in 2024, 2026 and 2028 respectively. 

Details behind the sequel films are being kept behind tight-lips, though the titles of the films were announced back in 2018, with Avatar 2 named The Way of Water, and Avatar 3 titled The Seed Bearer. Without any further details, those titles really don’t mean much!