Being hailed as the Al Gore of the film industry might be considered daunting by some, but Academy Award winning director James Cameron takes it all in stride. If you’re not yet familiar with his highly vocal perspective on the environment, take a gander at this choice little number that he recently uttered while attending a press junket for the release of Avatar on home video:
“Anybody that is a global-warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their ass I’m not sure they could hear me…Look, at this point I’m less interested in making money for the movie and more interested in saving the world that my children are going to inhabit. How about that? I mean look, I didn’t make this movie with these strong environmental anti-war themes in it to make friends on the right, you know…But you know they’ve got to live in this world too. And their children do as well, so they’re going to have to be answerable to this at some point.” Okayyy…them’s fightin’ words.
Cameron apparently reeled in his commentary just a squidge while participating in this weekend’s International Sustainability Forum in Manaus, Brazil with none other than former Vice President Al Gore. Feeling that his film has contributed to a greater awareness of the fragility of our environment, Cameron spoke about how all of us must take “extraordinary action” to protect our planet’s ecosystems and resources. He then proceeded to shoot down any notion that he would ever create an Avatar follow-up filmed on location in the heart of a rainforest like the Amazon, explaining that he wouldn’t want to run the risk of endangering any of the species during production.
The filmmaker has an enthusiastic fan in Gore who said that wherever a potential Avatar sequel is filmed, he supports it, adding, “I never liked a movie so much.” The former Vice President also had a lot to say about how essential it is to preserve the Amazonian forest rather than destroy it solely for profit. Following their discussion, a “Charter of the Amazon” was signed by indigenous Amazonian tribal heads to commemorate their agreed position on first and foremost protecting the diversity of the forest. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they stay strong even when tempting greenbacks are waved in their general direction .