As part of a new interview with Yahoo, filmmaker James Cameron has offered up his viewpoint on James Wan’s “Aquaman” film which has racked up over $1.1 billion worldwide since its December release.
Cameron has familiarity with the subject matter, playing a recurring role as himself who was directing a fake mega-budget “Aquaman” film in HBO’s comedy series “Entourage”. Of Wan’s film, Cameron is both complimentary and a little condescending:
“I think it’s great fun. I never could have made that film, because it requires this kind of total dreamlike disconnection from any sense of physics or reality. People just kind of zoom around underwater, because they propel themselves mentally, I guess, I don’t know. But it’s cool! You buy it on its own terms.”
The director adds that his experience both as a deep-sea diver and thousands of hours underwater means the ocean “doesn’t look real” to him and so it’s hard for the film to resonate with him. He also says had he done it himself, the environmental activism message would be much stronger:
“They did throw in a couple of things with whales and things like that to remind us that we are kind of using the ocean as a toilet and as a garbage dump. So I applaud the film for that.”
Cameron also participated in a recent interview with Little White Lies and was asked about the possibility of a future where A.I. creates films to which he says it’s possible – but we won’t like it:
“I think you’ve got plenty of AI experts around who would say, yeah, sure. They’d take every movie every made, throw it into a massive database, feed all that into an AI, deep learning neural networks will analyse why they work, and you’ll have an AI create a movie – and it’ll suck. Because the AI is not embodied, it’s not having the human experience. It’ll be like a filmmaker who only knows other movies as opposed to being human.
People ask me all the time, ‘What would your advice be to a young filmmaker?’ It used to be, pick up a camera and start making a movie. Now my advice is, live a bit of life, then pick up a camera and make a film about what you know and what you’ve experienced. Don’t go from being a superfan in high school to film school, and come out knowing nothing about life except what you’ve seen in movies. Because you don’t know s–t. You’ve got nothing new to say.”
Cameron is currently-in-production on the “Avatar” sequel which is said to explore the underwater worlds of Pandora. That film opens December next year.