With the re-release of James Cameron's Oscar nominated blockbuster Avatar this weekend, he gives audiences nine more minutes of footage and his two cents on the BP oil spill disaster.
Cameron recently told the Daily News,
"The BP mess is a classic example of how our energy policies, or lack thereof, are going to hurt us." A symptom of the same corporate greed that drove the fictional RDA Corporation to pillage the planet Pandora in the film, he said.
And don't think that Cameron is all talk and no action: He played a key part in an environmental protest against the construction of the Belo Monte dam project in Brazil, saving land inhabited by indigenous tribes, and assembled a committee of twenty-eight specialists who met with the EPA to help brainstorm solutions to plug up the busted oil well.
The Daily News writes:
"Cameron had a close-up view of the environmental devastation in the first few weeks after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. In early June, the 56-year-old writer-director-producer convened with a group of 25 experts who came up with a suggestion of a method to plug the leaking wellhead that had been spewing one million gallons of oil a day. After ignoring his group's report, BP successfully adopted an almost identical method two months later."
Despite the tragedy that has been endured and the havoc wreaked on the environment due to this spill, a positive that has come from it is the inspiration its given Cameron to possibly make another environmental themed flick:
"[The world is in worse shape] than anything I dreamed up for 'The Terminator,'" said Cameron, referring to his 1984 post-Apocalyptic thriller. "I should make a new 'Terminator'-like movie where someone travels back in time to warn us before it's too late."
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