The hardest shoot of his life: “Avatar 2” star was “afraid of dying”

Impressive water worlds that were filmed in real water tanks await us in “Avatar 2”. For one of the stars, the shoot was particularly bad.

James Cameron’s fascination with water has already been shown in his films “Abyss” and “Titanic”. So it should come as little surprise that “Avatar: The Way of Water” the element takes center stage and the director wants to revolutionize cinema again, as he did with Avatar. Because all underwater scenes should actually be shot in the water and not created with special effects.

Inspired by the epic The Lord of the Rings, the second installment in Cameron’s Avatar saga reprises Sam Worthington as Sully, this time fighting to save his new Na’vi family. In an interview with Empire (via DeeperBlue) the actor spoke about the demanding filming:

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. You have to deal with the limitations of freediving, the limitations of underwater motion capture, and at the same time you’re trying to convey an emotional journey while all you’re really struggling with is the fear of dying.”

New corners of Pandora await you in the science fiction film. Here is the trailer:

Underwater shooting caused problems

Shooting the underwater scenes presented the crew with completely new challenges. Because it was clear to Cameron that the scenes could only be filmed in real water to make them look real. Richard Baneham, who was responsible for the visual effects, explains the problem as follows:

“We couldn’t shine the light directly into the water from above, otherwise it would interfere with the motion capture. We also couldn’t put any fabric over the tank because that wouldn’t be safe. So we put hundreds of white plastic balls on the surface of the water, which diffuse the light but still allow the actors to surface to breathe.”

In “Avatar 2” return alongside Worthington and Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Stephen Lang as villain Miles Quaritch and Sigourney Weaver. The latter, however, does not play Dr. Grace Augustine, but thanks to modern technology she slips into the role of a Na’vi teenager. You can delve even deeper into the series with The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration. It is already clear that Cameron will us with “Avatar: The Way of Water”, which will be released on December 14, 2022 starts, will surprise.

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