Laz Alonso Already Calling Cameron's Avatar a Revolution
With eight more months left to go, I'm trying not to over-hype James Cameron's Avatar, but sometimes I just can't help myself. Steve at Collider sent over an interview he did with actor Laz Alonso recently, pointing out that Alonso mentions that Avatar is part of a trilogy. That news was first confirmed way back in the day (see this MTV article from 2006), so that wasn't worth bringing up, but reading through the rest of the interview and the things he says about Avatar, I just had to feature it anyway. Alonso, who plays a character named Tsu'Tey, did eventually talk about how even he believes it will revolutionize cinema.
We've heard it from Joel Moore, we've heard it from Jon Favreau, we've heard it from Josh Quittner. Everyone who has seen the footage from Avatar has said it's phenomenal. Alonso reiterates the same: "All I can say is that the technology is something that no one has ever seen or used before. We were being filmed by 197 cameras, simultaneously, in real time. It was something that took two and a half years to do, and when you see it this December, you're going to know why it took that long. It is just unrivaled by anything that my eyes have ever seen in cinema. It blew me away, when I saw some of the finished scenes."
While Alonso obviously couldn't talk about his character or the story, he did talk briefly about what it was like shooting with Cameron. "So, there's a whole ritual that takes place, at the beginning of the day, but once you get on set with Jim, you literally get transported into a different place. Once you're there, you're there, and you don't leave for the next 15 hours, until you wrap." Reminds me of the article I wrote last year about Cameron comparing working on Avatar to "trench warfare" - read that whole thing here. And speaking of over-hyping Avatar, Alonso spoke a bit more about just how revolutionary he thinks it'll be.
"I believe in my heart that Avatar is going to be the revolutionary sci-fi movie for this generation, in this era. I am always the guy who doesn't like to oversell because, in this business, you can get so excited about something and, if it doesn't pan out, you have egg on your face. But, this is one movie that I feel very, very confident selling, standing at the top of a mountain and screaming at the top of my lungs how great this movie is because I've seen it with my own two eyes."
Damnit, why isn't it December 18th yet?! Thankfully, in retrospect, we don't have too much longer to wait, given it's already April, and the summer movie season is coming up fairly soon. As I said, I'm trying not to build up my expectations too much, but when I consistently keep hearing things like this from almost everyone who has seen any footage, I can't help but be insanely excited for Avatar. And I know it's Alonso's job to try and sell the movie, but this interview felt very genuine, and his statements don't seem crafted for the sake of promotion, by any means. As always, we'll keep you updated on all the latest with Avatar.