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Sigourney Weaver on Avatar

Published September 30, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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Avatar brings Sigourney Weaver back to her sci-fi wheelhouse, with her Alien director, James Cameron. The 3-D performance capture film is expected to revolutionize cinema, and Weaver lent her credibility to the cause.

Sigourney Weaver Journeys to Avatar

“I think this is the kind of movie that changes the way movies are made,” Weaver said. “I don't think it’s going to replace [anything]. The profound thing to me about 3D is how good regular scenes seem in 3D. They seem so natural. You just go, ‘Oh yes, this feels right.’ That I didn’t expect. I expected it to feel odd or novel. It doesn’t. It feels like oh, this is the way we should be. You should be in the room with these people. And so that surprised me, and what also surprised me was there was no waiting around because these were temperamental cameras or there was a lot of gobbledygook. It was so straightforward. There’s no dailies because it’s all digital, so in a way it’s faster.”

Of course James Cameron can do great technology, but Weaver reminded fans that he’s still got his knack for story. “It’s really a rip roaring old fashioned adventure romance. I also think Sam [Worthington], who’s not here unfortunately, the movie starts with him. He takes you through the story and there’s just something about him. He is absolutely unique but also every man. He’s all of us and I don't know if they showed, how much they showed, but he’s transported when he has that avatar and he finds out what’s worth fighting for. To me, he’s what takes you through the movie in the most accessible way.”

Weaver plays Grace, a human scientist dealing with the exploration of Pandora and the confrontation with it’s Na’Vi people. It’s another strong woman in Weaver’s filmography, complements of James Cameron.

“He respects women. He knows we’re smart, we’re strong, we go for it. He’s just so okay about us being who we are. I think really only Jim could have written it. There’s so much reality in Grace, this woman who gives up her whole life to concentrate on this thing that she believes in, that’s her passion. It’s so moving and it has so much wisdom in it about what women are that are different from men. It’s just a pleasure. You feel like you don’t have to pretend with Jim. He wants you to be fabulous. He wants you to be great. Michelle’s character, Trudy, she’s such a hero. She’s so cool. She’s so tough. She’s so offhand. He believes that women are like this. This is what he sees in the world that he brings to his women.”

It’s actually one of the rare times in Weaver’s career that the part she played was actually written for a woman in the first place. “Most of my parts, frankly, are men’s parts that they’ve decided to have me play. That’s great because they’re just people. I have to say, I don't know where the wood is, I love everything I’m being sent. I don’t try to find this kind of character.”

Avatar opens to theaters on December 18th.

For the posters, trailer and latest updates, go to the Avatar Movie Page.

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