avatar Director James Cameron has reacted to Matt Damon’s revelation that he lost $250m (£205m) in winnings when he turned down the lead in the film.
In 2019, the actor revealed that when Cameron approached him for the role of Jake Sully – which was eventually filled by Sam Worthington – he also offered him 10 percent of the film’s profits.
Avatar grossed $2.79 billion (£2.2 billion) at the global box office in 2009, meaning Damon may have earned more than a quarter billion dollars. “I left more money on the table than any other actor,” Damon said of the move.
In a new interview with BBC Radio 1 to promote the new sequel The way of the waterWhen asked if he had spoken to Damon lately, Cameron burst out laughing and said, “He’s getting worked up about it. And I really think you know, ‘Matt, you’re like one of the biggest movie stars in the world, get over it.’
“But he needed to do another Bourne movie that walked his runway, and there was nothing we could do about that. So, regrettably, he had to decline.”
Cameron was then asked if he would consider Damon for a role in a future Avatar sequel, to which he replied, “I have to. We must do it to bring the world back into balance. But he doesn’t get 10 percent, fuck that.”
Avatar: The Way of Water is in cinemas now – find The IndependentHere is the film review.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/james-cameron-matt-damon-avatar-b2247376.html James Cameron responds to Matt Damon revealing he lost $250 million after rejecting Avatar