10 Little Examples That Show James Cameron Has Mythical Powers
His lucid dreams turn into film franchises.
In the early 80’s, James Cameron was in Rome filming his directorial debut “Piranha Part Two: The Spawning.” He ate some bad Italian fish and fell sick with a fever of 102 degrees. While sleeping, at the time dead broke and alone, Cameron had a vision. He saw a chrome torso emerge from an explosion, dragging itself with kitchen knives.
In an interview on the Blu-Ray version of “The Terminator,” Cameron said, “I was sick at the time. I had a high fever. I was just lying on the bed thinking and came up with all this bizarre imagery. I think also the idea that because I was in a foreign city by myself and I felt very dissociated from humanity in general, it was very easy to project myself into these two characters from the future who were out of sync, out of time, out of place.”
He is the only person on earth to solo dive to the deepest point in the ocean.
On March 26, 2012, James Cameron decided what the hell, I’m going to commandeer the Deepsea Challenger and go to the bottom of Mariana Trench. And he did it. He is one of only three people in the world to accomplish this feat, and is the only one to do it alone.
He chilled there for three hours, noting the moon-like surroundings and discovering new species that had never been seen before, even by seasoned scientists. “On that dive, we discovered a number of new species, they were very small, including a new sea cucumber,” he said. “I referred to one of them as a ‘little sea pig’ because they look like little pink piglets.” In addition to breaking new ground with cinematic technology and bringing audiences into brave new worlds, the guy has literally discovered new animals.
He wrote “The Terminator” living in his car.
In his twenties, trucking was his trade, but he was temporarily out of business. Cameron subsisted on Burger King coupons sent to him by his mother and at one point he was stealing bread rolls from hotel room service trays. Recently when asked what his favorite movie was, Cameron gave a Cameron-esque answer: “I guess ‘Titanic’ because it made the most money. No, I’m kidding. I don’t really have a favorite. Maybe ‘The Terminator’ because that was the film that was the first one back when I was essentially a truck driver.”
Literally starving apparently motivated him to create some of the highest-grossing movies of all time. About as risky as Sylvester Stallone was at the beginning of his career, Cameron sold “The Terminator” script for a measly dollar so that he could direct it. It catapulted him into hot new director status and eventually he developed his $8 million director’s fee.
He wrote, directed, produced and coedited the two highest-grossing movies of all time.
He calls “Titanic” his $190 million chick flick. This chick flick grossed $2.2 billion worldwide, raking in nearly $2 billion in revenue. In 2009, he did “Avatar,” which six years later is still at No. 1. With a budget of $237 million, he was able to pull in more than $3 billion. As of today, he has an estimated $700 million net worth, but that is about to change because…
By 2023, he will have more money than Donald Trump.
James Cameron doesn’t make movies for financial gain. He even turned down directing “Terminator 3” because it was purely for packing pockets. In 2010, Forbes named him one of America’s billionaires in the making.
In 2023, the fifth installment of “Avatar” will come out. It will be the finale of a franchise. In the same vein that George Lucas created “Star Wars” and owned the creative process, cashing in as he put it by “selling action figures,” Cameron will do the same with “Avatar.” Lucas now has a net worth of $5.5 billion. Seeing as “Avatar” even grossed more money than “Star Wars,” with inflation taken into account, Cameron has a good shot at eclipsing Lucas in the cash department.
His artwork belongs in the Smithsonian.
Remember when Kate Winslet sprawled across the couch naked and asked Leo to draw her like one of his French hookers? Cameron actually drew her. That’s even his hand in the movie. He has the unique ability to visualize monsters and landscapes and villains in his brain and transcribe them to paper, with artistic precision that would make Dali jealous. His talent for concept art translates to his talent for visionary directing.
He’s an inventor.
Well, his brother Mike is. James is Steve Jobs in the equation, the project manager. As well as manufacturing film technology to create cheaper, more dynamic 3D motion pictures, Cameron has a patent for an underwater dolly that makes filming in water easier. This apparatus propels the person into their chosen depths and helps them maintain their desired buoyancy. The idea came to him during “The Abyss,” because as he said once, it was the most physically taxing because he had to scuba 10 hours a day for months.
He’s a real life superhero.
He once saved a rat on the set of “The Abyss” by giving it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but that pales in comparison to saving a human, which he did. A famous Hollywood director’s dad owes Cameron his life.
In 1993, Guillermo del Toro — the man behind “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim” — received an ominous message that his father, Federico, had been kidnapped in Mexico. They wanted a $1 million ransom. All of del Toro’s cash was tied up in “Cronos,” and he couldn’t have it on demand, so he called his friend. James Cameron dropped everything and drove del Toro to the bank, where he withdrew $1 million cash and gave it to him. He even recommended a good negotiator.
After 72 days, Federico del Toro was delivered back without a scratch. Cameron never got to see his money again, but seven of the kidnappers were eventually apprehended.
He advised the smartest people on earth.
(photo via Space.com)
For three years, Cameron sat on the NASA Advisory Council, which advises NASA’s top administrators. During this time, he advocated for missions to Mars. He left the agency, however, likely because it’s a bureaucratic mess where nothing of substance gets done, and Cameron is a doer. Today, he holds two honorary doctorates and is a member of the Mars Society and the Planetary Society.
“Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.”
Cameron scribbles this down before every project. It’s a great philosophy, whatever your profession. From the mouth of the man himself: “People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a ‘rightist.’ I do something until it’s right, and then I move onto the next thing.”