Environmental Warrior James Cameron Gives Avatar Cast Blue Hybrid Cars

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Environmental Warrior James Cameron Gives Avatar Cast Blue Hybrid Cars

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James Cameron's playing Santa, and giving hybrid cars to his Avatar cast.

James Cameron feels strongly about the environment, and told the world as much in 2009's Avatar. He also wants to encourage his Avatar cast to drive environmentally-friendly, and has gifted hybrid Prius cars in bright Na'vi blue to 11 of the film's stars. There's no word as to whether any of the crew members on the multi-billion dollar grossing film have received a car.

Deadline quoted the director as saying, "It's not that the movie converted people - it resonated with something that was already there, to find something inside for people and gave people a way to think about this. And if that manifests in people cutting down on their energy usage or recycle or buy a Prius...the challenge for me is to try to help people figure out what to do with that feeling that they're feeling. I do think that part of my job - to show them what to do." Where would we be without Cameron to show us the way?

No word on which of the cast were recipients, but Avatar starred Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Stephen Lang (The Men Who Stare At Goats), Michelle Rodriguez (Lost), and Giovanni Ribsi (Cold Mountain), so I'm going to guess they were beneficiaries of Cameron's generosity.

Source: Deadline

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You know what? I enojoyed Avatar, and I like the environment, and it's all pretty cool... BUt Avatar came out a fucking while ago! You can stop promoting it already james!

Reminds me of George Carlin's line during his "Saving the planet" act.

"People trying to make the world a greener place for their Volvos..." *smirk*

James just went full-on Oprah.

Pretentious environmentalists are news now?

Hey Cameron, guess how much pollution came out of actually making Avatar and then showing it in theatres? But of course you don't care about that, you think your little cars are what's going to save the world. Classic uppity hypocrite, almost as bad as people like Michael Moore who preach anti-capitalism messages but make millions off of working through the capitalist system.

Good on you, James. While you're at it, can I have one too? I mean, Avatar earned billions and a prius only costs...*researches*...about $24,000. Drop in the bucket, right? And I promise I'll appreciate it more than your actors who already have a dozen cars.

Good for you, Cameron.

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Disgusting. this mean there will be more of these ugly hybrids around :(

Friend of the environment are we James?

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Here's where the nickel comes from for all those Prius batteries. Looks very green huh? The environment is thanking you for saving it Mr. Cameron... somewhere... I guess.

This pisses me off to no end. If there's one thing I really hate about Avatar, it's that some people think it's some champion of environmental protection. Any real-world environmental issues reflected by the film Avatar are grossly simplified and thus only lead to misconceptions about how to deal with currently environmental problems. Mainly, it sends the message "big corporations are evil and kill the environment". Yeah there's some truth there, but again that is a small part of a very large picture. Mainly, people need to think about who's supporting these corporations in the first place. But no, Avatar just makes it look like only the corporations are to blame for our environmental woes, an idea that not only has been done before but isn't even accurate.

As someone who legitimately cares about protecting the environment, this praise for Avatar infuriates me. The environmental message behind Avatar isn't even as developed as The Lorax.

manythings:

Yes, if there is anything the environmental lobby wants it is people finding out that recycling is actually wasteful, hybrids are worse than land rovers and carbon credit companies are a ridiculous scam that anyone over the age of seven should figure out.

Recycling has its purposes and I'm really getting tired of people saying that its wasteful. You have to keep in mind that maybe the amount of energy consumed in the process might seem like a waste, but every plastic bottle that gets recycled has less of a chance of ending up here.

You're right about carbon credits being absurd though.

Physics Engine:
Friend of the environment are we James?

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Here's where the nickel comes from for all those Prius batteries. Looks very green huh? The environment is thanking you for saving it Mr. Cameron... somewhere... I guess.

What's even better is the byproducts of the process to turn the nickel into the foam that goes into the battery aren't technically classified yet so it can basically be dumped without question AND they're still not sure about the long-term effects of the spent batteries that are just going to be dumped until there is an actual recycling process. Yum-yum-yum...

Internet Kraken:
This pisses me off to no end. If there's one thing I really hate about Avatar, it's that some people think it's some champion of environmental protection. Any real-world environmental issues reflected by the film Avatar are grossly simplified and thus only lead to misconceptions about how to deal with currently environmental problems. Mainly, it sends the message "big corporations are evil and kill the environment". Yeah there's some truth there, but again that is a small part of a very large picture. Mainly, people need to think about who's supporting these corporations in the first place. But no, Avatar just makes it look like only the corporations are to blame for our environmental woes, an idea that not only has been done before but isn't even accurate.

As someone who legitimately cares about protecting the environment, this praise for Avatar infuriates me. The environmental message behind Avatar isn't even as developed as The Lorax.

Yes, if there is anything the environmental lobby wants it is people finding out that recycling is actually wasteful, hybrids are worse than land rovers and carbon credit companies are a ridiculous scam that anyone over the age of seven should figure out.

Why didn't he give them Na'vi blue shoes or bikes rather than a car. They probably have one or two of those anyway. It would have been both environmentally 'friendly' and a bit philanthropic if he gave things to the whole cast rather than the people who made crap loads of cash from the film (and the many others they have undoubtedly starred in). Although I guess it isn't like the crew did anything, right?

Celtic_Kerr:
You know what? I enojoyed Avatar, and I like the environment, and it's all pretty cool... BUt Avatar came out a fucking while ago! You can stop promoting it already james!

didn't they told you there will be other Avatar movies !

He does realise that to make a Prius it actually puts out more pollution than an SUV would in its entire life?

yeah give a car to people who could afford to buy a dozen each without blinking... pfft. If he really wanted to make a difference he should have looked around the people who worked on the film and found out who had the oldest nastiest cars around and gifted them.

The funny thing is that Hybrid cars are actually worse for the environment than most other cars.

tkioz:
If he really wanted to make a difference he should have looked around the people who worked on the film and found out who had the oldest nastiest cars around and gifted them.

Or donated money to one of the many different charities dedicated to helping the environment, rather than just trying to generate more publicity for his franchise.

Actually, come to think of it, I DO have a Christmas wish.

It is for James Cameron to shut his pretentious mouth and/or go somewhere far away and never come back!

The fact that he (a truly talented film maker) spent nearly 10 years and hundreds of millions of dollars to make a glossy and pretty looking yet nothing short of mediocre and bland special effects driven action movie (like we didn't have enough of those to begin with) is one thing.

The fact that he is going about the place proclaiming said mediocre and bland film to be "The GR8ESt MOVEE EVAr!!11!" all while belittling other 3D movies just because they (insert MASSIVE finger quotes)"Do the technology injustice", and re-releasing the mediocre, bland, and now hideously overrated film into theaters less than a year after its initial release is just fucking insulting! This is the kind of shit I'd expect from George Lucas and Uwe Boll! But George has so far kept his trap shut and Uwe usually does it as a joke or a cynical promotional stunt.

Congratulations Cameron.

You've degraded from a raw talented director of movies ranging from pretty good (True Lies, Titanic) to out right awesome (The Abyss, Terminator/Alien 1 and 2), to a pretentious egotistic prat only motivated by fame and profits. You are the new George Lucas.

Shoulda been full electric cuz you can plug those into things
Just like in the movie! =D

Canid117:
The funny thing is that Hybrid cars are actually worse for the environment than most other cars.

They are? Lithium batteries tend to be somewhat less catastrophically environmentally damaging to manufacture than lead-based. I agree with the earlier suggestion that Cameron should have given them bicycles, though.

manythings:
hybrids are worse than land rovers

I like how people here just say things.

llafnwod:
I like how people here just say things.

But Hummers are greener than Hydrogen Fuel-Cell cars. I know because someone told me. And that someone was me.

Physics Engine:
Friend of the environment are we James?

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Here's where the nickel comes from for all those Prius batteries. Looks very green huh? The environment is thanking you for saving it Mr. Cameron... somewhere... I guess.

And I suppose all the mining equipment and container ships run on magic fairy dust and fart rainbows...
They certainly do fool the public, though...
BTW, for a good laugh, try driving through Beverly Hills and count the Priuses (Priusi?). You win when you lose count.

Well, it's only fair. I mean, he DID make all the money in the world with Avatar. That's how much the boxoffice draw was.....ALL OF IT.

Celtic_Kerr:
You know what? I enojoyed Avatar, and I like the environment, and it's all pretty cool... BUt Avatar came out a fucking while ago! You can stop promoting it already james!

My thoughts as well. But, you must remember that the new special edition of Avatar just came out so... buy buy buy support the efforts for the environment by purchasing the version that you should have bought in the first place... If anything, the re-release in theaters and this delayed disc scam make me think less highly of not only Cameron, but the film in general, so in my opinion, he's not doing any favors.

Personally I'm not convinced with Hybrids as of yet due to the matter of regaining savings on fuel costs depending on numerous factors like individual driving distances versus the (sometimes) high cost of the actual vehicle and inevitably the ability to save or at least break even after that initial investment. Some are actually on the right track to create an automobile that is competitive with its non-hybrid counterpart. Meanwhile others like the Chevy Volt[1], make me facepalm with its $40,000 price tag and really seem like more of a boisterous show like what Cameron seems to be attempting here.

[1] 40 grand for a Chevy, as in the bottom General Motors line now? Glad I'm not drinking any milk...

Lord_Panzer:
James just went full-on Oprah.

Except only for those who could have bought a dealership worth of those.....

Loved Avatar as a spectacle.

Loathed it as an over-preachy, shallow, retreaded version of Pocahontas repackaged for sci-fi fans.

Seriously. Everything from Grandmother Tree down to John Smith/Jake Sully. They couldn't even come up with different initials for the guy. BLARGH.

It's been repeatedly tested than in practice a prius does like 50-55 mpg, not the stated 65.
Most small engine diesel powered cars will beat that, for example the VW Lupo diesel will do 65.
So giving them all VW lupo saves the environment more.

Lord_Panzer:
James just went full-on Oprah.

I think Cameron's still got her beat on pretentiousness...

The more this guy talks, the more I dislike him. He talks about Avatar like it was revolutionary in every way conceivable, when really it was just a special effects spectacle with a poorly executed unoriginal story. He needs to get over himself and next time he feels like being a pretentious enviroasshole maybe buy a car that's actually good for the environment rather than buying into the only marketing campaign that gives his own a run for its money.

Because movie stars don't have cars or money...

Calbeck:
Loved Avatar as a spectacle.

Loathed it as an over-preachy, shallow, retreaded version of Pocahontas repackaged for sci-fi fans.

Yes. When people like James start droping this kind of bullshit I just wanna go out for a baby seal steak.

I love how he preaches the whole "conserve the natural resources" angle when the movie really was more focused on spiritualism and race wars, with the "Unobtanium," the catalyst for the war, being mentioned about 2 times in the ENTIRE film.

I bet the people who got one are just thinking "Oh shit. I actually have to fucking drive this or everyone will think I'm a dick."

Ahahahahaha...if I was on that cast I would openly tell James where he can shove that goddamn thing. I'd then remind him how it does more damage than a Land Rover Discovery/Hummer H2/Suburban/whatever other SUV the yuppies are bawwing about at the moment, get in my Aston Martin(Hey, if I were in this group I'd be rich enough to own several DB9s, so for the sake of argument bare with me) and leave a pair of 11s in the parking lot longer than the car hauler the Prius was shipped on.

Fuck the Prius. Fuck hybrids.

MurderousToaster:
I bet the people who got one are just thinking "Oh shit. I actually have to fucking drive this or everyone will think I'm a dick."

Actually it wouldn't surprise me if most of them just passes theirs on to someone else in the crew that didn't get one that didn't get so much of the percentage take.
Cameron is starting to really show his dickface. I loved the movie for the story and the part where it wasn't Fern Gully reimagined, but this is making me sick to my stomach.

Besides, a Prius, really? He may as well have given them Smartcars as much as taped 'I'm a Dork' on their backs.

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