James Cameron has a message for Matt Damon: “Get over it!”
Damon famously turned down Cameron’s offer to star in the first avatar movie, and in exchange for 10 percent of the box office.
The actor turned it down, but what he didn’t know, and what no one could have known at the time, was that Damon turned down $291 million.
Asked by BBC Radio during the promotional tour of Avatar: The way of the water having spoken to Damon recently, Cameron chuckled and added, “He’s beating himself up over this.” And I really think, ‘Matt, you’re kind of one of the biggest movie stars in the world, get over it’.
“But he had yet to make a Bourne movie that was on his runway and there was nothing we could do about that. So unfortunately he had to refuse.”
Cameron also said he would be happy if Damon made a cameo in the future avatar continued – “Have to do it, we have to do it so that the world is back in balance, but he doesn’t get 10 percent. F**k that.”
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Damon revealed on stage at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021: “I was offered a little film called avatar. James Cameron offered me 10 at a time. I will go down in history, you will never meet an actor who has refused more money”.
Avatar: The way of the water is the first of four suggested avatar sequels Cameron has planned for the franchise. It comes 13 years after the release of the original film, which remains the highest-grossing film of all time, unadjusted for inflation, with a worldwide box office of $2.91 billion.
The sequel grossed $434 million worldwide on its opening weekend, just short of forecasts between $450 million and $550 million.
In Australia, its opening weekend box office, including Wednesday night previews, was $16.59 million. Fifty-two percent of tickets sold were for 3D sessions.
Cameron has said the film has to be the fourth or fifth highest-grossing film of all time – about $2 billion – before breaking even.
The production budget was reportedly over $350 million, while marketing costs could be hundreds of millions more.
Avatar: The way of the water picks up the story years later on the planet Pandora, where Sully and Neytiri are now parents to a bunch of kids.
An ancient threat emerges, driving them to flee their forest home and seek refuge with the water clans of Pandora. But a now avatar-ed Quaritch pursues them, threatening to destroy the family Sully and Neytiri have built for themselves and their new friends’ homes.
Cameron and the film team, including Weta Digital, have spent years developing the technology behind rendering CGI water.
Cameron has already filmed avatar3 and a segment of avatar4.
The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Cliff Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Brendan Cowell and Stephen Lang.