James Cameron BLASTED a 20th Century Fox executive who wanted Avatar to be shorter

James Cameron BLASTED a 20th Century Fox executive who wanted Avatar to be shorter: ‘Get the f**k out of my office!’

While promoting his highly-anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water, director James Cameron is reminiscing about a 20th Century Fox executive he clashed with.

The filmmaker had spent years developing his 2009 film Avatar, which would break box office records with $785.2 million domestic and $2.9 billion worldwide.

Cameron, 68, revealed in a wide-ranging interview with GQ, the director recalled an unnamed Fox executive ‘begged’ him to make the 162-minute epic shorter.

Clashed: While promoting his highly-anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water, director James Cameron is reminiscing about a 20th Century Fox executive he clashed with

Clashed: While promoting his highly-anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water, director James Cameron is reminiscing about a 20th Century Fox executive he clashed with

Hit: The filmmaker had spent years developing his 2009 film Avatar, which would break box office records with $785.2 million domestic and $2.9 billion worldwide

Hit: The filmmaker had spent years developing his 2009 film Avatar, which would break box office records with $785.2 million domestic and $2.9 billion worldwide

The director said this certain executive – ‘who will go unnamed, because this is a really negative review’ – approached Cameron with a ‘stricken cancer-diagnosis expression’ after a prerelease screening of the film, apparently ‘begging’ the filmmaker to shorten the hefty runtime.

‘I said something I’ve never said to anybody else in the business. “I think this movie is going to make all the f***ing money. And when it does, it’s going to be too late for you to love the film. The time for you to love the movie is today,”‘ Cameron began. 

‘”So I’m not asking you to say something that you don’t feel, but just know that I will always know that no matter how complimentary you are about the movie in the future when it makes all the money”—and that’s exactly what I said, in caps, ALL THE MONEY, not some of the money, ALL the f***ing money,’ Cameron continued.

Shorter: The director said this certain executive - 'who will go unnamed, because this is a really negative review' - approached Cameron with a 'stricken cancer-diagnosis expression' after a prerelease screening of the film, apparently 'begging' the filmmaker to shorten the hefty runtime

Shorter: The director said this certain executive – ‘who will go unnamed, because this is a really negative review’ – approached Cameron with a ‘stricken cancer-diagnosis expression’ after a prerelease screening of the film, apparently ‘begging’ the filmmaker to shorten the hefty runtime

All the money: '"So I’m not asking you to say something that you don’t feel, but just know that I will always know that no matter how complimentary you are about the movie in the future when it makes all the money"—and that’s exactly what I said, in caps, ALL THE MONEY, not some of the money, ALL the f***ing money,' Cameron continued

All the money: ‘”So I’m not asking you to say something that you don’t feel, but just know that I will always know that no matter how complimentary you are about the movie in the future when it makes all the money”—and that’s exactly what I said, in caps, ALL THE MONEY, not some of the money, ALL the f***ing money,’ Cameron continued

‘I said, “You can’t come back to me and compliment the film or chum along and say, Look what we did together. You won’t be able to do that.” At that point, that particular studio executive flipped out and went bug s**t on me. And I told him to get the f**k out of my office. And that’s where it was left,’ Cameron said.

Cameron would ultimately be proven right, with Avatar becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.

While most box office blockbusters like Avatar are helped by huge opening weekends, Avatar grossed its then-record $749.7 million domestic (with an additional $36 million coming from re-releases) from fans continually returning to theaters.

Get out: 'I said, "You can’t come back to me and compliment the film or chum along and say, Look what we did together. You won’t be able to do that." At that point, that particular studio executive flipped out and went bug s**t on me. And I told him to get the f**k out of my office. And that’s where it was left,' Cameron said

Get out: ‘I said, “You can’t come back to me and compliment the film or chum along and say, Look what we did together. You won’t be able to do that.” At that point, that particular studio executive flipped out and went bug s**t on me. And I told him to get the f**k out of my office. And that’s where it was left,’ Cameron said

All-time: Cameron would ultimately be proven right, with Avatar becoming the highest-grossing film of all time

All-time: Cameron would ultimately be proven right, with Avatar becoming the highest-grossing film of all time

Avatar opened in the top spot at the box office in December 2009 with just over $77 million, far from an opening weekend record… though it maintained the top spot for a whopping eight weeks in a row.

While most films drop off 50% or more in its second weekend and beyond, Avatar dropped just 1.8% in its second weekend and 9.4% in its third weekend, never dropping more than 50% until its 16th weekend in theaters.

Cameron’s temper was well-known throughout Hollywood, with the director adding that early in his career, ‘that reputation worked in my favor.’

Top spot: Avatar opened in the top spot at the box office in December 2009 with just over $77 million, far from an opening weekend record… though it maintained the top spot for a whopping eight weeks in a row

Temper: Cameron's temper was well-known throughout Hollywood, with the director adding that early in his career, 'that reputation worked in my favor'

Temper: Cameron’s temper was well-known throughout Hollywood, with the director adding that early in his career, ‘that reputation worked in my favor’

‘And then there was a legitimate time when I looked at like, “All right, why am I getting so upset, and what is that solving?” I’m not saying I don’t get upset once in a while. I mean, everybody, I think, is entitled to a bad day. But whereas before, it might have been once every couple of weeks. Now it’s like twice a year,’ Cameron said.

As for his new sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, which hits theaters December 16, it clocks in at 30 minutes longer than its predecessor at 3 hours and 10 minutes.

He explained in an interview with Total Film earlier this month, ‘We didn’t spend as much time on relationship and emotion in the first film as we do in the second film, and it’s a longer film, because there’s more characters to service. There’s more story to service.’

Sequel: As for his new sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, clocks in at 30 minutes longer than its predecessor at 3 hours and 10 minutes

Sequel: As for his new sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, clocks in at 30 minutes longer than its predecessor at 3 hours and 10 minutes

Longer: As for his new sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, which hits theaters December 16, it clocks in at 30 minutes longer than its predecessor at 3 hours and 10 minutes

Longer: As for his new sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, which hits theaters December 16, it clocks in at 30 minutes longer than its predecessor at 3 hours and 10 minutes

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