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  • Deniz
    Deniz Місяць тому +2048

    James Cameron is underrated for giving room for many great female performances in his blockbuster action movies. Kate Winslet, Jamie Lee Curtis, Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana all gave amazing/iconic performances in his films.

    • Patrick W. Dunne
      Patrick W. Dunne 14 днів тому +1

      Whenever someone mentions that they like the strong female characters back in the earlier days of cinema, they always reference Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley

    • The Monopoly Troll
      The Monopoly Troll 14 днів тому


    • Per Ra
      Per Ra 15 днів тому

      You forgot Arnold

    • Deniz
      Deniz 28 днів тому

      @Darth Sidious lol what is he doing differently?

    • Darth Sidious
      Darth Sidious 29 днів тому

      Must be why he wants to eliminate testosterone this Man was my favourite director now he just another woke puppet😔

  • MountRebound
    MountRebound 2 місяці тому +1799

    Love his candid and no bs attitude. It’s so refreshing. Video went by so fast. Like others said I can listen to him talk about the movie making process all day.

    • Crassus
      Crassus 4 дні тому +1

      my dream video is James Cameron and Quentin Trantino discussing cinema and the art of moviemaking, that'd be like ten hours straight of them talking everybody to death

    • Carfalog
      Carfalog 21 день тому +3

      One of my university courses was taught by a talent manager who represented an actor who worked in the first Avatar film, and she talked glowingly about James Cameron and how he handles the problems that arise during pre production and securing contracts. It was cool to see the attitude that she talked about reflected in this video.

    • David Oakes
      David Oakes Місяць тому +2

      I like how he always knows what to say it seems like. When no studio wanted to make Avatar- he said " Well when this movie makes 3 billion dollars you'll be the studio that didn't want it ". And then it did make 3 billion.

    • PinkDiamond2000
      PinkDiamond2000 Місяць тому

      I have no respect for this guy since he declared in 2022 that "testosterone is toxic". It's the same as any Hollywood propaganda slave.

    • billycorgansbaldhead
      billycorgansbaldhead Місяць тому +8

      i literally fell asleep yesterday listening to him. not because he’s boring, but because his voice is relaxing

  • Curiosity
    Curiosity  2 місяці тому +7349

    This man was working as a truck driver - never went to film school - and would drive to USC (University of Southern California) on the weekends, sneak student & professor papers on acting & technical aspects of filmmaking out of the library and photocopy them to read in the cab of his semi truck. He is, if nothing else, a lesson in determination.

    • Jurgita Bernatavičiūtė
      Jurgita Bernatavičiūtė 12 днів тому +1

      @Rob Roy oooh!! Best comment, best response to such a "blah"!!👏👏👏👍👍👍👍❤

    • The Monopoly Troll
      The Monopoly Troll 14 днів тому

      @pierre117 Let me guess...your non-Mexican privilege white guy who cares for other people's struggles? Lol

    • $hervi
      $hervi 23 дні тому

      Then maybe he should have taken some copies about his screenwriting or not be so involved with his horrendous stories.

    • Ribena
      Ribena 25 днів тому

      Wow, that is mad.

    • Otachi_R2X
      Otachi_R2X 26 днів тому

      @Vuribo You’ve got estrogen in your blood stream bro how do you feel about that

  • JC Waterhouse
    JC Waterhouse 2 місяці тому +1122

    Leo was so enamored playing troubled character that sometime he forgot the "normal" character can be challenging and charming. I would like to see him playing "normal" and charming

    • Brian
      Brian Місяць тому

      @critiqueofthe gothgf lol "cope and seethe". The line people use when their opinion is literal trash.

    • critiqueofthe gothgf
      critiqueofthe gothgf Місяць тому

      @Brian cope and seethe. dont look up was great

    • pdxsecularguy
      pdxsecularguy Місяць тому +3

      @Brian I rather enjoyed the film.

    • Jonny 3241
      Jonny 3241 Місяць тому +1

      I loved "The Beach". I think it was 1999. Something about the quest for pleasure and how it all turned bad was awesome.

    • David Foster
      David Foster Місяць тому +3

      @Brian You didn't find Blanchett and Leo's scenes worthwhile? I know a movie isnt worth seeing for just a few scenes necessarily, but I thought their stuff together was top notch.

  • EEE
    EEE 2 місяці тому +4276

    Wow. Did not expect for him to be so straight forward. He does not sugar coat anything. Refreshing honesty.

    • Maaden_Swe
      Maaden_Swe Місяць тому

      @SBM TOY REVIEWS I dont think you actually understood the Leo story

    • Iosaiv
      Iosaiv Місяць тому +1

      He sounds like a Dutch person to me how he talks. Much prefer this honesty than fakery. I am Dutch myself.

    • Remy D
      Remy D Місяць тому +2

      Yeah. Agreed. This was first time I've heard him talk in an interview, and he's the opposite of what I thought he was in terms of vibe and personality

    • MrBuketman
      MrBuketman Місяць тому

      This MAN said that testosterone is a toxin that should be removed. Does science fiction and doesn’t understand science.

    • Maxbwoy
      Maxbwoy Місяць тому

      He’s always been like that

  • hi
    hi 2 місяці тому +739

    I remember seeing Terminator 2 in the movie theater as a young teenager and was blown away. Still the best movie going experience ever.

    • GasTheWeebs
      GasTheWeebs 18 днів тому

      @Griffin Greeley calm

    • Roger Dominguez
      Roger Dominguez Місяць тому +1

      I agree. It should be up there with avatar and titanic at the box office.

    • IndieRockGuitar
      IndieRockGuitar Місяць тому +1

      @Ka Boom Saw Aliens at 12. Best movie experience to this date. T2 I saw twice in the same day. I wish Cameron stayed with R rated action movies.

    • Saqib
      Saqib Місяць тому +1

      Same with avater

    • non
      non Місяць тому

      that opener was a thing!

  • wowJhil
    wowJhil 2 місяці тому +569

    Someone needs to interview James for a whole day! We need a long series of interviews!

    • REAL6
      REAL6 Місяць тому

      I'd like to see him on Joe Rogan

    • Swachitha Taduru
      Swachitha Taduru Місяць тому

      @That's a Bingo and olllklllll

    • Unmixed Unmastered
      Unmixed Unmastered Місяць тому +1

      I’m sure James got better things to do

    • That's a Bingo
      That's a Bingo Місяць тому

      Lex or Joe

    • Jimmy Perron
      Jimmy Perron Місяць тому +5

      @Smiley he does thank you I just watched it..

  • G H
    G H 2 місяці тому +314

    T2 is still one of the best movies ever made. A true cinematic masterpiece.

    • GasTheWeebs
      GasTheWeebs 18 днів тому

      @Stone Cold definitely not

    • Conrad Bo
      Conrad Bo 22 дні тому

      I think so too

    • Rhys Williams
      Rhys Williams Місяць тому +10

      The CG still holds up today. And they did it all by writting their own software. The story is god tier as well.

    • Saqib
      Saqib Місяць тому +1


    • Stone Cold
      Stone Cold Місяць тому +6

      Probably the greatest of all time.

  • Chris
    Chris 2 місяці тому +276

    This is nothing like I pictured him. Down to earth and a straight shooter. I would buy him a beer! btw - Aliens is still one of the best movies ever made.

    • Conor Smith
      Conor Smith 12 днів тому

      He gave women lead roles in his movie though , don’t understand

    • Aubs
      Aubs 28 днів тому +2

      @Jason Dashney No decent director can truly get the most out of a crew or actor by being too nice.

    • EverlastingAura
      EverlastingAura Місяць тому +6

      @Jason Dashneysocial justice warrior does not equal piece of garbage 😂 he has a big ego, yes. Full of himself sure. Calling him trash isn’t justified

    • Jason Dashney
      Jason Dashney Місяць тому +2

      Have you seen his recent quotes on toxic masculinity? He's a social justice warrior now of the worst and most hypocritical kind. Do you remember at the Oscars many years ago when Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made that crack about how being married to Cameron would be the worst? It was no secret that he is a prick. An incredible filmmaker who belong on the mount Rushmore of Directors, but that doesn't mean he's not a piece of garbage.

  • rajifusama
    rajifusama Місяць тому +144

    This guy is so good its rare he made a sequel more famous than the first movie

    • zandorando
      zandorando 10 днів тому

      @ThePsychicFish you mean Titanic: Jack is Back

    • SlimShady
      SlimShady 23 дні тому +3


    • ThePsychicFish
      ThePsychicFish 23 дні тому +4

      @David Oakes what about titanic 2

    • David Oakes
      David Oakes Місяць тому +12

      All his sequels including The Way Of Water are at least as good if not better than the original.

  • Jazzcodes
    Jazzcodes Місяць тому +64

    Super interesting and truly amazing to listen to. His achievements as a film-maker and as an environmental activist should be an example for all to follow.

    VAKAR1AN 2 місяці тому +798

    I genuinely can't put into words how important this dude was and still is to the film industry as a whole.

    • Benjamin Trefny
      Benjamin Trefny Місяць тому +1

      @Craig Murdock because avatar 2 had an extremely good story

    • MojoTheClown
      MojoTheClown 2 місяці тому +3

      @Craig Murdock George Lucas is easily the greatest producer who ever lived. But Cameron is the best at almost everything else, too.

    • Mark Goguen
      Mark Goguen 2 місяці тому +6

      @Craig Murdock he has the technical ambition that Lucas has and a knack for storytelling but Lucas always seemed more interested in being experimental. Cameron still prioritizes making a great movie above all else.

    • Jessie Janson
      Jessie Janson 2 місяці тому +3

      if he quit, it would be a tragedy for the industry. But we all have to live our lives with whats important to us. cant fault him if he thinks helping various tribes is more important. but while movies arnt directly saving lives, they can save people in other ways, improve their day or week, may them dream of something, take them out of a rut they might be in. im sure his movies have helped countless people. A world without his movies would have been quite a sad place.

    • yunita talia
      yunita talia 2 місяці тому +2

      @Labyrinth1010 😢

  • Vivo Latino
    Vivo Latino 2 місяці тому +137

    Aliens and Terminator are the defining moments in 80s. Terminator 2 in the 90s. Avatar in 00s. Alita: Battle Angel 10s. Each decade James Cameron has changed cinema. Can't wait to see what he does in 20s.

    • Willian Pederiva
      Willian Pederiva 14 днів тому

      @Nick Tubby Just got $2bi in box office

    • Dm TD
      Dm TD 15 днів тому

      they cut the power

    • Jorge Chavez
      Jorge Chavez 15 днів тому

      @Maana nah there was also Jurassic Park (1993)

    • REAL6
      REAL6 Місяць тому +1

      @Nick Tubby not even close. That would be piranha 2

    • John Lee Clair
      John Lee Clair Місяць тому

      @Nick Tubby I'm guessing a lot of blue

  • MojoTheClown
    MojoTheClown 2 місяці тому +54

    One of the greatest of all time. Never misses, redefines technology, expands what we think a blockbuster can be, wins awards, comes back ten years later and does it all again.

    • MojoTheClown
      MojoTheClown 2 місяці тому

      @Jake E Self-pleasing clown.

    • MojoTheClown
      MojoTheClown 2 місяці тому

      @Jake E Right after you stop self-pleasing. Clown.

    • MojoTheClown
      MojoTheClown 2 місяці тому +1

      @Jake E Your right hand doesn't count, son.

  • Nathan Fuller
    Nathan Fuller Місяць тому +30

    The Abyss was such a great movie. James Cameron knows his stuff. You can tell he lives and breathes these movies. Reminds me a little of Stanley Kubrick.

  • TGA
    TGA Місяць тому +69

    Titanic was a fantastic departure for him because it’s more of a romantic epic. People never expected James Cameron had that romance in his soul.

  • Feint
    Feint Місяць тому +37

    This was great. I could watch another hour and a half of this. I took summer school at USC film school and we had a private screening of The Rock one night. Afterward, we got a 1 on 1 chat with Michael Bay after most of the other students left. It was just the five of us with Michael Bay sitting in the seats of the theater talking about movies, directing, careers, the insanity of Hollywood. I thought it was the greatest night of my life until I heard that the year before, they had James Cameron do the same thing.

  • Luz María
    Luz María Місяць тому +32

    Titanic is my favorite movie ever!!! So historically accurate and such a tragically beautiful love story as well!!! ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

  • Juraj Benak
    Juraj Benak 2 місяці тому +202

    Remember seeing Abyss as a kid and my jaw was dropped for two hours. Fantastic movie

    • Miss Larissa Fay
      Miss Larissa Fay 10 днів тому +1

      The Abyss (extended edition aswell) is frigging epic film experience, full of amazing teachings. 💙

    • Destroyed By Foids
      Destroyed By Foids Місяць тому

      I found it terribly boring, but as an adult I'd probably like it.

    • Ethan Holgate
      Ethan Holgate Місяць тому +2

      Incredibly edited movie as well as amazing proformances

    • Charlie Wood
      Charlie Wood 2 місяці тому +10

      Particularly the Special Edition with the proper ending

  • KaBoom
    KaBoom Місяць тому +26

    True, being just a character that doesn't have to have something wrong with them is more challenging to play, because you still need to make them engaging. That does take talent.

  • Strider
    Strider Місяць тому +19

    James Cameron is ruthless. And this is why his movies are excellent.

  • Jamie Zhuravel
    Jamie Zhuravel Місяць тому +15

    What a mastermind and genius! Been watching Aliens and Terminators since I was 6 y.o. He shaped my life! Best director of all times! ❤️
    Heading to watch new Avatar next Tuesday!

  • Jessica M
    Jessica M Місяць тому +15

    Aliens is one of my favorite movies of all time, so glad he had the balls to do it

  • Thuva Thurairajah
    Thuva Thurairajah Місяць тому +10

    I can listen to this guy forever. What a great director. Thank you James! 👏

  • Nestor Pigrounet
    Nestor Pigrounet Місяць тому +13

    Down-to-heart guy who knows perfectly his art/craft.

  • Anbhigya Vyas
    Anbhigya Vyas 2 місяці тому +17

    What a masterpiece, Titanic, which leaves us all in pain to see another unbearable tragic ending.

  • windh
    windh Місяць тому +15

    Fresh content. Always fun to hear things that you haven't heard a million times before.

    EPIC TRAILER PRODUCTION 2nd CHANNEL 2 місяці тому +10

    We definitely lost our precious time with James Cameron where he could have made few more hard core action movies.. But despite all, titanic was a masterpiece.

  • Psivewri
    Psivewri 2 місяці тому +217

    When the pandemic hit in 2020 a local cinema screened Titanic. For years I'd been obsessed with the movie and watched it dozens of times and it was truly magical finally seeing it on the big screen :)

    • Sarah Paty
      Sarah Paty 2 місяці тому

      That’s cool

    • Karen Ladd
      Karen Ladd 2 місяці тому +4

      They are releasing it again in 2023, the 25th anniversary. I've seen it 4 times on the big screen, this will be number 5!!! :))

    • Wendifur
      Wendifur 2 місяці тому +1

      @FUGP 1972 Movies weren't shut down because theaters were shut down. They were not being made because they weren't allowed to shoot because quarantine.

    • Miketheratguy Multimedia
      Miketheratguy Multimedia 2 місяці тому +1

      @Robd1 I'd have to throw in the Lord of the Rings films and No Country For Old Men but yeah, The Dark Knight was a pretty great theatrical experience as well.

    • Robd1
      Robd1 2 місяці тому +3

      I saw it opening week. It was actually the Last movie that was worth seeing...until Chris Nolans Dark Knight came out

  • Mesut Ozeir
    Mesut Ozeir Місяць тому +13

    James Cameron is the most important and most inspire director after Steven Spielberg in modern cinema.

  • Schizm1
    Schizm1 Місяць тому +17

    One of the few remaining geniuses of movie making. Freakin titan of cinema.

  • Aaron W
    Aaron W Місяць тому +10

    To this day Titanic is my favorite movie. Another comment said it best...The first and only movie I've ever fallen in love with. My second favorite movie isn't even close in terms of the emotional attachment I have to it.

    TALON 2 місяці тому +92

    Thank God this man didn't quit and bail on being a filmmaker. DON'T QUIT! YOU CAN DO IT!

    • zandorando
      zandorando Місяць тому +1

      @Nick Tubby NO. we dont want to be left with mediocre directors who only knows to film big franchise and remakes. He's the only director that can create original films and explode at box office

    • Gaurav Negi
      Gaurav Negi Місяць тому +4

      @Nick Tubby 1 billion box office says otherwise.

    • Nick Tubby
      Nick Tubby Місяць тому

      He should have retired on top.
      Avatar 2 is bad.

  • Chris Carmona
    Chris Carmona 2 місяці тому +3710

    The way he schooled Leo on pre-production of Titanic is my absolute favorite part. Pure collaboration.

    • Adams Brew
      Adams Brew 16 днів тому

      @Don Nix Yeah and hundreds of millions of people connected with their plight because of the movie. Your grandfather would have appreciated that Titanic was not forgotten.

    • Corey Pack
      Corey Pack 20 днів тому

      I would love to see Cameron and Spielberg produce a film together with one of them, if not both of them being the director! Or maybe Cameron and either Christopher or Jonathan Nolan (Westworld, Fallout series)! I wonder how it would turn out? Maybe the Greatest Sci-fi blockbuster ever!

    • Don Nix
      Don Nix Місяць тому

      @Publius we just auctioned off his life jacket at an elite Manhattan auction house, we got 3.2 million dollars for it so that’s a start. More $$ to come. Just getting our deserved piece of the pie. Pretty sweet to be us.

    • Don Nix
      Don Nix Місяць тому

      @TitanicFan97 jack dawson is not a real person, there were actual human beings on the Titanic

    • Don Nix
      Don Nix Місяць тому

      @Alex Blake you are irrelevant, you have no ties to any important historical events. You existence is irrelevant

  • Simoun Marsada
    Simoun Marsada 2 місяці тому +16

    Aliens will always be my favorite film of his. It's just perfect.

  • SeedGodDammit
    SeedGodDammit Місяць тому +13

    He's so lovely and smart and conscientious and sensitive. Born to be a filmmaker.

  • Between Frames Production
    Between Frames Production 2 місяці тому +21

    Simply my all time favorite filmmaker!

  • Ygor Cortes
    Ygor Cortes 2 місяці тому +301

    Titanic really is THE biggest film of all time, and it wouldn't have been if it weren't for James, Kate and Leo. This movie was not only amazing in terms of scrip and direction, but in cast too. A true masterpiece!

    • Patrice AQA
      Patrice AQA 2 місяці тому +1

      @Ares I think his character got misunderstood. So his performance didn't get the credit it could have at the time. He's not a villain in the real sense. He played it as an insecure vulnerable rich brat who can't make his wife love him, and seems changed by the disaster at the end

    • Ares
      Ares 2 місяці тому

      @Patrice AQABilly Zane a Legend, James Cameron a creative Genius

    • On A Stick
      On A Stick 2 місяці тому

      @Joshua J. Chinda I'm not sure I could write characters that cliched and bad, I'll give it a go, but writing down to that level would be difficult.

    • Ygor Cortes
      Ygor Cortes 2 місяці тому +2

      @DaveKarl it's not a "copy", it references it. A Night To Remember is a great movie because a whole lot of it is based on actual survivor accounts, so it's a great material to reference.

    • Joshua J. Chinda
      Joshua J. Chinda 2 місяці тому

      @On A Stick Yeah why not write your own movie and make it let me see how talented you are. If you're not able to win 11 Oscars and reach a billion at the box office like Cameron then my guy you're a waste.🤨 Jim topped it twice I bet you'll never top it once. It's better to be a hater and be smart than be a hater and be stupid. So which one are you ? You gotta prove to the world kid. James Cameron has said terrible things abt Marvel movies but he still tops the box office and knocks Marvel out. Titanic is known around the world ruling the box office for 12 years Avatar did rule for 10 years. No Director in history has ever reached that level. So kid go watch spongebob if you can't understand Titanic. Have a good day!😃

  • Stephen Conroy
    Stephen Conroy 2 місяці тому +10

    Aliens is the gift that keeps on giving with the memorable one liners, even beyond the movie itself...

  • Nico Fede
    Nico Fede 2 місяці тому +10

    Thanks Cameron to giving us Titanic, the best movie of all times

  • Zubareus
    Zubareus 2 місяці тому +15

    What a genius writer\director

  • NjA
    NjA 2 місяці тому +145

    Jesus Christ, this is so good - best GC interview I've seen. I could listen to this guy for hours. I tend to feel you sometimes need to drag the answers out of the actor/director, but Cameron just effortlessly tells a vivid story about each movie he's made and interactions he's had. No wonder he's such a great film maker!

    • NjA
      NjA 2 місяці тому +2

      Cheers, dude. I might just do that - loved his science fiction 6 part documentary!

    • Cor
      Cor 2 місяці тому +8

      If you're interested in hearing him talk for hours, check out his masterclass. It was really, really great. He speaks in the same manner as in here with interesting details and it's supposed to be one of the best masterclasses (it's the only one I've watched myself).

  • Jeewantha Bandara
    Jeewantha Bandara 2 місяці тому +3283

    Nearly all of his movies changed Hollywood. The Abyss pushed underwater photography to new levels. T2 redefined how CGI can be used to enhance practical effects. Titanic unlocked new levels of box office success previously thought unattainable. Avatar featured next level motion capturing and was the first real 3D movie experience for the masses. He's a genius. He's probably a tyrant going by the many testimonials given by people who worked with him. But he's a certified genius.

    • Scott B
      Scott B Місяць тому +1

      @Jason Dashney Very true and very fair. I agree with your comment. Also that's exactly what I meant. It's 400,000,00 off but both are in the billions grossed so it is close relatively speaking.
      I would guess they use the reported on demand "rentals" and the cost of renting it posted in the apps. It's kind of cheating since those rentals are usually marked up quite a bit but there are ways to track it, then they just add them to ticket sales grosses.

    • Jason Dashney
      Jason Dashney Місяць тому +1

      @Scott B I guess comparisons are pretty hard sense nowadays theatres are everywhere and more accessible, but society also has way more things to distract someone so they don't go see movies at all. It's such a different environment. It's pretty impressive they gone with the wind did those numbers at the end of the great depression. GWTW was $400,000,000 over Avatar but I will give you that it is at least in the ballpark because the gross numbers are so preposterously large.
      I wonder how they calculated box office when it comes to movies that are released in theatres and on demand at the same time.

    • Scott B
      Scott B Місяць тому

      @Jason Dashney not entirely true. Star Wars has always been relatively close and now newer movies are approaching GWTW. Avatar and indeed Titanic are within shouting distance...albeit somewhat unfairly with all the re-releases and additional markets they released it.

    • Jason Dashney
      Jason Dashney Місяць тому

      "Titanic unlocked new levels of box office success previously thought unattainable." Only when not adjusted for inflation. Nothing will ever come within a country mile of gone with the wind.

    • Scott B
      Scott B Місяць тому

      @Arkthus it didn't revolutionize Mocap. That was an industry staple in video games for years and was a major film staple...most notably with Peter Jackson with LOTR and ESPECIALLY King Kong. Star Wars Episode I was the first film with a mocapped main character and Sinbad (2000) was the first all mocapped film.

  • noah sanez
    noah sanez Місяць тому +2

    The amount of detail it takes I
    Him to make a movie is perfection 🙏🙏

  • Connor Ross
    Connor Ross 2 місяці тому +9

    Hands down my favourite person in film. Hes a genius. End of. Cannot wait for avatar

  • Monica Malady
    Monica Malady Місяць тому +7

    I forgot some of those movies he directed....so awesome!

  • Logical Musaafir
    Logical Musaafir Місяць тому +8

    I just came here for Titanic its an emotion ❤️

  • Danny Arroyo
    Danny Arroyo 2 місяці тому +1877

    I could hear James Cameron speak about his films for two hours. A modern day creative genius who writes, directs, draws and produces.

    • Elena Singleterry
      Elena Singleterry Місяць тому +2

      Also a vegan who doesn't eat animals and animal products both out of true, unselective compassion and environmental reasons.

    • Christian Debney
      Christian Debney 2 місяці тому +1

      @Between Frames Production his master class is good

    • Between Frames Production
      Between Frames Production 2 місяці тому +2

      I was about to write just about the same as you wrote. I could hear this man talk about his movies for hours.

    • gaz nev
      gaz nev 2 місяці тому +1

      Not just that . NASA consults with him for info on how to mine the depths of planets .. particularly Mars coming up. Only a few folks like him on the planet folks…..

    • Zaprooda S
      Zaprooda S 2 місяці тому +1

      Just watch this four times

  • khanage360
    khanage360 2 місяці тому +12

    More of my favourite directors, everyone movie he makes is top notch 👌 👍

  • AllStar777
    AllStar777 Місяць тому +4

    He is the legend, the one and only legend of this planet.

  • Curtis Brooks Jr
    Curtis Brooks Jr 2 місяці тому +291

    Titanic is the only movie I've ever fallen in love with. To this day when I see clips, I still get starry-eyed.

    • Elena Singleterry
      Elena Singleterry Місяць тому +7

      I hear you. The only other movie that shook me to the core outside of Titanic was Brokeback Mountain in 2006 - about 50- 60% the strength of my Titanic "obsession." Years went by and the Brokeback "obsession" dissipated, but the Titanic one is still going strong, now in its 25th year.

  • Belle.M
    Belle.M 2 місяці тому +122

    An absolute genius of filmmaking. He has literally changed how films and special effects are done in every movie he makes. His passion for creativity and the world around him is amazing.

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  • Ames
    Ames 2 місяці тому +6

    wow, this was the best director interview Ive heard in terms of keeping my interest!

  • 5MadMovieMakers
    5MadMovieMakers 20 днів тому +2

    21:58 "I had people who were trying to advise me on my career after 'Terminator' say,
    'Absolutely do not do this film.' Meaning, 'Aliens.' [They] said, 'If it's good, they're gonna attribute it to Ridley, and if it's bad, it's all you, there's no upside.' And I thought, 'Well, you know, you're probably right and that's very logical, but I just dig it, and I'm gonna do it, I just like it.'"

  • ABomb
    ABomb 2 місяці тому +66

    I still remember being a teenager, and seeing Titanic in the theater with my friend. As two teenage guys we were expecting an action movie as the original trailer showed guns being waved around lol. By the time the credits rolled he and I were trying so hard to not admit we were crying 😂.

  • Mike Jones
    Mike Jones Місяць тому +11

    Love him or hate him, this much I know. You'll be hard-pressed finding a liquid-free James Cameron film.

  • Moon ThirtyTwo
    Moon ThirtyTwo Місяць тому +2

    So iconic ! Love me some James Cameron ❤

  • FanStastic
    FanStastic Місяць тому

    Aliens and Terminator 2 are absolute classics!

  • Norowareta
    Norowareta Місяць тому +267

    I have nothing but respect for James Cameron. Everytime he made a movie he pushed the industry forward. And T2 is and always will be the greates Action movie of all time.

    • WTFITG
      WTFITG  21 день тому +2

      @cory good luck ya buddy! Hope early or later we’ll probably collaborate with each other) My own wish is being successful filmmaker.

    • cory
      cory 25 днів тому +4

      @HAL 9000 Game designer. Working towards making the most meaningful games I can, primarily immersive games that are more akin to sandboxes for experience. Minecraft, Valheim, and Rust are good examples of games that do that. I hope to go beyond what those games offer, we'll see though.

    • HAL 9000
      HAL 9000 25 днів тому +1

      @cory What's your medium?

    • cory
      cory Місяць тому +4

      I'm not even a filmmaker but aspire to be like him in my medium. Dude has an incredible amount of vision.

    • MrBuketman
      MrBuketman Місяць тому

      This MAN said that testosterone is a toxin that should be removed. Does science fiction and doesn’t understand science.

  • Official Shane Crossley
    Official Shane Crossley Місяць тому +3

    Arguably the greatest filmmaker of all time

  • Lispy Wordsmith
    Lispy Wordsmith 2 місяці тому +1185

    Horner's Titanic score is so iconic that hearing just three seconds of it gives me the chills. Even after all this time.

    • lanethelame
      lanethelame Місяць тому +1

      I still cant believe he passed and wasnt here to do the 2nd soundtrack. He left such a legacy

    • peter mulder
      peter mulder 2 місяці тому

      Ooohhh boy Thats gonna hurt when you finally do...
      I had the change to watch it in theatre... and didn't. Still feel bad about it...
      Epic movie

    • ltlrenati
      ltlrenati 2 місяці тому +3

      I think without a doubt that Horner's score plays a huge role in my decision to put Titanic as the number one on my personal list of the best movies of all time.

    • Dezz
      Dezz 2 місяці тому

      If he say about James Horner in this interview ?

    • underakillingmoon
      underakillingmoon 2 місяці тому +1

      You should listen to Brave heart OST. His masterpiece imo.

  • SmashDriven
    SmashDriven Місяць тому

    Wow these are some amazing stories, especially the Aliens casting shenanigans.

  • Kevin DiOssi
    Kevin DiOssi 2 місяці тому +51

    I was already a fan of James Cameron, but after this interview…I’m a HUGE fan of him.

  • Ma Uchoa Music
    Ma Uchoa Music Місяць тому +3

    Quite few people really impress me. He's definitely one of them

  • Shasha Vengesayi
    Shasha Vengesayi 2 місяці тому +50

    I love how funny and incredibly blunt James is. He's a great storyteller and a living legend. Looking forward to Avatar 2

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  • Rhetiq 99
    Rhetiq 99 Місяць тому +3

    The monitor behind James kinda looks like a window with a view of Pandora itself. Now I'm totally convinced that these movies were all shot on location and James went all the way there to film everything

  • Damien Thorn
    Damien Thorn Місяць тому +5

    Among the absolute greatest modern directors. No question. He earned that. His track record cannot be faulted.

  • namakudamono
    namakudamono 2 місяці тому +55

    Terminator, Aliens, and T2 - three of my all time favourite movies. This guy is a genius - I'd love to hear him talk about his films for longer.

  • John Porter
    John Porter 2 місяці тому +91

    I'm SO glad GQ gave Cameron 30 minutes to explain these films PROPERLY! Loved every second!

    • Aubs
      Aubs 28 днів тому

      @MegaLilei It’s not Paramount or 3 hours and 40 minutes.

    • B D
      B D 2 місяці тому

      @MegaLilei not shilling or anyting

    • MegaLilei
      MegaLilei 2 місяці тому

      Just like Paramount is giving him his 3h40 min for avatar 2.....can't wait to watch that movie

    • B D
      B D 2 місяці тому +1

      Mutual interest, buddy, you're the product ;)

  • Sanger Yoo
    Sanger Yoo 2 місяці тому +1143

    I think this is the first of GQ's "Iconic" series where all of the topics featured were actually iconic/game-changing.

    • Ryckarduh Ryckarduh
      Ryckarduh Ryckarduh Місяць тому

      @Striker Bowls so you think people say anything other than "look! Its that harry potter guy!" When they see him? Dude only had one trully iconic role, this is factual and thats one more iconic role than 99% of everybody who ever lived. Now if that factual information triggers you in any way than you clearly have a problem with reality, not with me

    • Striker Bowls
      Striker Bowls 2 місяці тому

      @Ryckarduh Ryckarduh troll

    • A F
      A F 2 місяці тому

      Most of these are just ads for their upcoming film anyway

    • Aklimar220
      Aklimar220 2 місяці тому +3

      Not the 1st, but I agree that they tend to overuse the word, "Iconic" when it doesn't apply

    • Gábor Vág
      Gábor Vág 2 місяці тому +2

      Haha I know. "Claire Foy breakdowns her iconic roles" I was like Her what now?

  • wafflecone927
    wafflecone927 2 місяці тому +46

    I could see how actors/crew bump heads with him big time.
    He also seems to understand the bigger picture, the vision and the goals. Im glad he’s still making movies for sure, and seems reflective which probably helps with the attitude

  • Hattori Hanzo
    Hattori Hanzo Місяць тому +4

    All his movies are iconic. Doesn’t know what failure means.

  • Candy A.
    Candy A. Місяць тому

    Love hearing backstories!

  • Khalyll Killian
    Khalyll Killian Місяць тому +33

    His movies just paved the way for our generation to the next. Undeniably one of the best directors of all time!!

  • Patrick W. Dunne
    Patrick W. Dunne 2 місяці тому +2486

    Him and Spielberg pretty much defined the modern blockbuster. What a legend.

    • GasTheWeebs
      GasTheWeebs 18 днів тому

      Neil Breen

    • Michael Grey
      Michael Grey Місяць тому

      I would think George Lucas woukd be thete as well.

    • everything is awesome
      everything is awesome Місяць тому

      When I was a kid, I used to think Titanic was directed by Steven Spielberg.

    • Scott B
      Scott B Місяць тому

      @LX In your opinion.

    • Monkeypaw???
      Monkeypaw??? Місяць тому

      @MojoTheClown Wrong, Francis Ford Coppola invented blockbuster with The Godfather. The Godfather was considered to be a blockbuster at that time, and then there's Spielberg with Jaws that popularized it, then Lucas, then Cameron who moved it forward. The Godfather invented the word "blockbuster" in the first place

  • constantdvdcollector
    constantdvdcollector Місяць тому +1

    He doesn't talk about True Lies? Alita? Dark Angel? Piranha 2?! Jeez...Glad he talks about the Abyss, though. That movie is so underrated. I still can't find the Extended Cut on Blu-Ray, which makes me sad.

  • PS3GamingScotland
    PS3GamingScotland 2 місяці тому +9

    Can't wait to watch Avatar 2.

  • Mihai Pascu
    Mihai Pascu 2 місяці тому +5

    He’s a genius. Simple as that.

  • PointB1ank
    PointB1ank 2 місяці тому +35

    The fact that James Cameron remembers what kind of bulbs they used and that they used "double inline ground fault interrupters" is pretty impressive. Either he worked on the lighting for so long that it was ingrained in his memory, or he has a really really good memory lol

    • BiodieselRocket
      BiodieselRocket 2 місяці тому +1

      Actors don't want to die. These details matter for technical people and even more so for non-technical

  • Chris Matson
    Chris Matson Місяць тому +33

    I could listen to him talk about his movies and the process of making them all day long. Such a interesting filmmaker to listen to and very expressive with his thoughts.

    SWEDEN REACTS Місяць тому +1

    Thanks James for everything!

  • Cornelious Stradivarius
    Cornelious Stradivarius 2 місяці тому +3

    I never understood why GQ insist on doing all their career related stuff non-chronologically

  • Daniel Muñoz
    Daniel Muñoz 2 місяці тому +1

    So I worked retail with his nephew. I found out about the relation when his nephew was off for the day and lost my mind. After that I never geeked out or tried to get anything through him. I would just ask random questions such as:
    "So what did your uncle really think of Terminator 3?"
    "What was Linda Hamilton like?"
    "When is the next Avatar movie coming out?"

    • Daniel Muñoz
      Daniel Muñoz Місяць тому

      @Sektion9 "He doesn't really talk about any of those."
      "I don't know I met her once when I was like 3 years old."
      "I think he just finished some of the scripts."
      He answered them pretty casually and didn't really elaborate further. I never pressed on if he didn't keep the conversation going. He was a cool dude.

    • Sektion9
      Sektion9 2 місяці тому +1

      Did you get any answers?

  • kapu
    kapu Місяць тому +18

    Just watched avatar 2 and i must say what a great movie to end this year. It was an awesome 3d experience in theater.
    5 out of 5 stars movie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Bran L
    Bran L Місяць тому

    My Top James Cameron Films
    1. T2 2. Avatar 3. Titantic 4. True Lies 5. Aliens 6. Terminator 7. Abyss 8. Avatar the way of Water

  • Zidane Lionheart
    Zidane Lionheart Місяць тому +1

    The dude is a legend

    SRINIVAS VANGALA 2 місяці тому +2

    James Cameron vs Ridley Scott 1) The Terminator vs Thelma & Louise 2) Aliens vs Alien 3) The Abyss vs Prometheus 4) Terminator-2 vs Blade Runner 5) True Lies vs Black Hawk Down 6) Titanic vs Gladiator 7) Avatar vs The Martian

      SRINIVAS VANGALA Місяць тому

      @Barkley yeah Short and Sweet Cameron

    • Barkley
      Barkley Місяць тому

      Cameron I would say.

  • Elaine Michelle T
    Elaine Michelle T 2 місяці тому +206

    Only 8:00 on Titanic?? I wouldn't of minded watching the entire clip just on the making of the Titanic! 😍
    I had no idea the director(s) & production crews planned out kisses so detailedly!

    • Christila U
      Christila U Місяць тому

      They have the behind the scenes of Titanic that runs for almost 2 hours. Someone posted several parts of it few years ago. Might be deleted due to copyright.

    • MrBuketman
      MrBuketman Місяць тому

      @Scott Sullivan I’m good, hot shot. Look it up. Good luck in your adventures and struggles.

    • MrBuketman
      MrBuketman Місяць тому

      This MAN said that testosterone is a toxin that should be removed. Does science fiction and doesn’t understand science.

    • Elena Singleterry
      Elena Singleterry Місяць тому +4

      SAME HERE, the reason I am watching this video.

    • TheDinoKitteh
      TheDinoKitteh Місяць тому +1

      I say you get way more in February.

  • TheDRexor
    TheDRexor 2 місяці тому +3

    Wow that aliens part could be its own biopic

  • brwnhilarybanks
    brwnhilarybanks 2 місяці тому +3

    and look at how long it took to get avatar 2!!! it better be amazing!

  • Phillip Shadid
    Phillip Shadid Місяць тому +7

    I was really hoping we'd hear him talk about True Lies.. :'(
    But still VERY much enjoyed this!

    • lynchmaleideal
      lynchmaleideal Місяць тому +1

      yeah, literally the only other film he didn’t talk about :/

  • Austin H
    Austin H 2 місяці тому +1341

    Hearing James Cameron talk just speaks to how intelligent and capable he is with cinema

    • USCFlash
      USCFlash 2 місяці тому

      I agree with you, my main thought of him as a person who always chooses technical accomplishments over artistic merit....because he has the scientific ability...yet totally lacks the artistic excellence.

    • USCFlash
      USCFlash 2 місяці тому

      I understand perfectly.
      I have written five screenplays on my final draft software from2001-2014, several shopped around, 1 optioned, none produced sadly & my sister is a published novelist & active screenwriter (tv).
      Cameron's dialogue is great in certain action (Aliens & parts of T1 & T2) terrible in Avatar & Titanic.
      His characters are paper thin & usually quite 1 dimensional.
      Cameron is a great conceptualizer of story & a poor writer of serious dialogue & serious characters.
      he has spent half of his career writing the same paper thin, predictable, psycho/crazy/cool/or cocky marines, or SEALS (Abyss, Aliens, Avatar)in action flicks. It was cool 1 time, in Aliens.
      His characters are poorly written, his attempts at serous dialogue (the 1 time he tried it in Titanic) is poor & clunky.
      There is way worse than "poor", IMO.
      Like Suicide Squad level awful...or Showgirls level horrific.

    • Bear 7453
      Bear 7453 2 місяці тому

      All of the best directors are cinephiles and have true KNOWLEDGE of filmmaking

    • Robd1
      Robd1 2 місяці тому

      @Gasper Militello does banging 2 chicks count??

    • USCFlash
      USCFlash 2 місяці тому +1

      That is not true.
      THe only movies he wrote himself were The Abyss, Titanic & Avatar.
      It shows too because those have the worst writing of all his films.
      -Terminator he wrote with Gale Ann Hurd, his first wife with additional writing by William Wisher
      -Aliens was written by Cameron with DAvid Giler & Walter Hill, Based on the original film by Dan O Bannon & Ronald Shusett.
      -Terminator 2 he wrote with William Wisher who helpd with T1
      - True Lies was an adapted Screenplay by Cameron
      Based on the 1991 french spy comedy film "La Totale!"
      written by Claude Zidi (& directed by him)
      & Simon Michaël & Didier Kaminka
      Cameron is a great conceptualizer & technician but a very poor writer.

  • Benn Forbes
    Benn Forbes Місяць тому

    Not surprised a fever dream inspired one of the greatest pieces of entertainment media. T1 and T2 will go down in the history books for sure.

  • -_-
    -_- 2 місяці тому +4

    shoulda been a 2 parter

  • Ep Gnz
    Ep Gnz 2 місяці тому +3

    Terminator til this day blows my mind we need part 2 of Battle Across Time 🔥😎

  • Corn Fed
    Corn Fed 2 місяці тому +12

    Even though a lot of his movies are nearly 3 hours long, they feel more like 90 minutes because they're just so engaging. When you get to the end you want it to keep going.

  • Heisenberg
    Heisenberg 2 місяці тому +4

    I wonder if it's coincidence that like 95% of his movies either start with the letters, "T" or "A?"

  • David Fraser
    David Fraser Місяць тому

    Thank you James for letting us know that we can dream the biggest dreams of all. I’ll be back!

  • Birgit Melchior
    Birgit Melchior Місяць тому

    Oh , he really read Leo, did he. Great psychology. I loved Terminator 1 better than T2. It messes with your mind. Loved Aliens. Avatar was ...meh, it was more or less the same story as my favorite children book trilogy "children of mother earth"

  • Art 101 with Mamta
    Art 101 with Mamta Місяць тому +10

    James Cameron is beyond age and time! As I was watching this interview, I realized he’s just not just a genius but he has a knowledge of many lifetimes!