Says Game of Thrones star Oona Chaplin about Avatar 2.
Jim knows his audience better than anyone,” said Chaplin. “And he knows story as well. The epic nature of these films is totally grandiose and really has the old Greek epic-ness about it. I feel like he uses the structure to explore the scene. And he’s so good at both, it’s kind of amazing.”
While the Oscar-winning “Titanic” and “Avatar” director is known for grandiose special effects, Chaplin said she was surprised how committed he was to finding the truth of the scene.
“I had no idea that it would be so truth-centric,” she said. “But the whole thing is about truth, because everything else is stripped away. Everything else he can put it in. Everything else. You want a dragon? He can put in a dragon. But the only thing that he can’t add is the emotional depth of what lies beyond the structure of your performance. The physical structure, the soul. And I feel like that’s what he wants to get.”
Chaplin also said Cameron tailors his direction individually to each actor: “He works with actors really well and listens to them, and is very different with each person. He’s totally different with me than he is with Zoe [Saldana] than he is with Sam [Worthington]. He adapts to the actor’s needs. He is absolutely incredible as a director.”
As for the people who wonder if we really need four more “Avatar” movies, Chaplin isn’t too worried about them. “I have no idea what the film is gonna do, do you know what I mean? Like, there’s no way of telling. The haters sometimes have a lot of hate. But I don’t think it’s for them,” she said. “I think it’s just it’s a story that matters. It’s a story that gets us to an emotional place where we can relate to the world around us in a new way that’s exciting and beautiful.”