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James Cameron plans 'Avatar' field trip to rain forest
Director intends to fly cast of next two films down to Brazil to experience the inspiration behind the alien world of Pandora.
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 03:08 PM
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When James Cameron starts shooting the next two films in the "Avatar" trilogy, he promises to bring a better sense of what it's like to truly live in harmony with nature.
The 56-year-old director told reporters at a sustainability conference in Brazil last week that before the cameras roll, his cast will spend time in the rain forest to learn about "the natives and what real life in the jungle is like."
Cameron added: " 'Avatar' is a film about the rain forest and its indigenous people. Before I start to shoot the two films, I want to bring my actors here, so I can better tell this story."
Since late 2009, the filmmaker's focus has been on the proposed site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, a controversial project
that would destroy nearly 600 acres of rain forest and displace tens of thousands of people when the river basin is flooded.
"If I had met the Caiapos before making Avatar, I would certainly have made a better film," he told reporters.
The "Avatar" sequels are slated to be released in December 2014 and 2015.
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