One of my readers, Lancelot Falk, got to ask James Cameron a question I’ve often wondered about:
“OK, the story.
First off, let me say, I friggin, unapologetically love the work of James Cameron. Yes, Avatar. Yes Titanic. Yes, Dark Angel…etc. Aliens and T2 and the uncut version of The Abyss are among my favorite movies. (Your milage may differ).
A decade ago, I went to a studio screening of Titanic on the day it crossed the 100M line.
It was a large packed auditorium. After the screening JC took the stage and was interviewed for a bit, then questions were taken from the Audience. I got the first question.
After briefly complimenting the film and his work in general I asked:
“I’d really like to know your gut reaction to the first five minutes of Alien 3”
The audience made sort of an uncomfortable, anticipatory noise.
He paused, concentrated, considered his words…which as far as I can remember were….
“Listen. David Fincher is one of out Great Directors. I’m a big fan. I see everything he does. He’s going to do some really timeless, important work. I’ll see anything he does.
That being said……
If you have ANY affection for what Ridley and I did. If you have any love for Ripley and those other characters from my sequel…. I have to say it felt like a hostile act when they were arbitrarily slaughtered like that. Next question”
When I had him sign my Making of Titanic book afterwards, he may not have known I was the guy who asked that question.”