In a recent interview with Collider, Winslet talks about what has been different working with Cameron now on Avatar 2 since they last collaborated more than 20 years ago on Titanic. She remarks on the experience they have both gained since reuniting on the project, most noticeable in his calmer demeanor on set. Winslet recounts:
“Well, look, we’re all older. We all got older. I look back on the experience of making Titanic and it’s no secret that it was a very difficult shoot. It was very, very stressful and things were tough for all involved…And the Jim Cameron on Avatar, he is calmer. I will say that he’s just much more stepped into his true self, I think. That’s because of experience. That’s also because he’s done Avatar before, so he knows this world and he knows these characters. He’s invented that way of filming. There’s a level of confidence that has grounded him in a much more comfortable place, just for him.”
She recalls Cameron’s work on Titanic required six-day weeks for him for seven and a half months of the shoot, with four and a half of those months taking place at night, so filming was often stressful and tiring for cast and crew alike (but nonetheless resulted in the film winning 11 of the 14 Academy Awards for which it was nominated). Conversely, on the Avatar 2 set, Winslet says Cameron’s experience since Titanic has made him visibly calmer, and this has created a very open space for the actors, as Cameron “was brilliantly collaborative on Avatar , honestly. I was awestruck by how much time he allows for the actors to often just meander over a scene, if it doesn’t feel like it fit quite right.”
Coincidentally, both Titanic and Avatar 2 involve filming in or around water. For her role as a member of a sea-based clan, Winslet learned how to hold her breath for up to seven minutes. Many scenes she filmed at the bottom of a tank, but she says she always felt safe in Cameron’s hands. Just as she found Cameron on set to be calmer, she explains about her underwater filming, “I found the whole thing incredibly calming.” The director creates the atmosphere for his cast and crew, after all, and it appears that Winslet found the whole experience positive. Winslet says she is very excited for the movie to release, and fans can expect to see her and other Pandora veterans in Avatar 2 in theaters on December 16, 2022.
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