“I’m not going to let them dictate that my movie is a flop” James Cameron was attacked from all sides when this movie came out, he never gave up in the face of criticism

“I’m not going to let them dictate that my movie is a flop” James Cameron was attacked from all sides when this movie came out, he never gave up in the face of criticism
“I’m not going to let them dictate that my movie is a flop” James Cameron was attacked from all sides when this movie came out, he never gave up in the face of criticism

News culture “I’m not going to let them dictate that my movie is a flop” James Cameron was attacked from all sides when this movie came out, he never gave up in the face of criticism

Published on 07/10/2024 at 07:35

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One of James Cameron’s most cult films has been criticized by critics, but the director fought for it! He couldn’t stand the fact that his feature film was being criticized, far from imagining that it would become a huge classic.

Review of a classic

James Cameron – the cinema giant behind cult films such as Terminator, Alien and Avatar – has faced a wave of harsh criticism during the production of one of his most popular projects: Titanic. It was in an interview for the magazine DGA that the director confided in us about this very complicated period of his life. In fact, Film experts and journalists of the time agreed that the film was of absolutely no interest since “everyone knows what’s going on. “Why spend $200 million on this?” wrote some, before adding “you know, you’re way over budget. You have to push back the release date”.

I learned a lot about the media, they can be rapacious. They can be sharks in a feeding frenzy, regardless of the facts. I had never been attacked before, except maybe in reviews that were aimed directly at me or something like that, but never on a movie release. – James Cameron (DGA)

The director explains that he had the feeling of being thrown to journalistsparticularly attacked on the colossal budget of the project. Despite everything, he prefers to consider this bad experience as a “character test“which really made him grow and mature.”I will never let them treat my films like dogs and will always make the best feature films possible.” he concludes.


From ship captain to King of Rohan

While it ultimately achieved phenomenal success and is still regularly cited as one of the greatest films in history, James Cameron does, however, acknowledge some flaws in the feature film. He explains in particular – in an extract from the audio commentary of Titanic – that Captain Smith, played by Bernard Hill, “was a particularly interesting character to work with because I always felt like he wasn’t doing enough.” he explains. “Then I would watch the rushes and realize that it was all there – in his eyes, so to speak. I would always ask for more takes, try to get him to react a little more, and later I would realize that he had made the right decision.” he concluded then, not failing to salute the actor’s incredible performance.

Bernard Hill passed away last May at the age of 79. He is to date the only actor to have appeared in two films that won eleven Oscars, with his role as Théoden in the Lord of the Rings saga. He made his television debut in 1973 in Mike Leigh’s first film, Hard Labour, and has since played a wide range of roles up until the 2010s.

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