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01.05.10 23 Comments

Sigourney Weaver’s character in Avatar smokes.  Not surprisingly, Avatar director James Cameron has drawn criticism from the fascist pussies who complain every time a movie character smokes.

“This is like someone just put a bunch of plutonium in the water supply,” said Stanton A. Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UC San Francisco.

Yes, it’s exactly like that.  *sigh*  I wish hyperbole caused cancer.  Anyway, this isn’t the interesting part, the interesting part is James Cameron’s response:

Mr. Cameron said he had never intended Ms. Weaver’s character, Grace Augustine, to be “an aspirational role model” for teenagers.  “She’s rude, she swears, she drinks, she smokes,” wrote Mr. Cameron. “Also, from a character perspective, we were showing that Grace doesn’t care about her human body, only her avatar body, which again is a negative comment about people in our real world living too much in their avatars, meaning online and in video games.” [NY Times]

…he wrote while putting the finishing touches on 300 million dollars worth of motion capture and computer graphics.  –This email sent from James Cameron’s limited edition spacephone.

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