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Cameron: Smoking Cigarettes in Avatar Comments on Obsessive Gamers

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James Cameron responded to anti-smoking groups by claiming that the smoking in Avatar was meant to critique obsessive gamers.

The character played by Sigourney Weaver, Grace Augustine, is a scientist who demands a cigarette as soon as she is awoken from cryogenic sleep. Anti-smoking website, Scenesmoking.org, slammed Avatar for the scenes depicting Grace smoking as they believe such depictions encourage kids to start smoking. Cameron responded in the NY Times by stating that Grace was never meant to be a teen role model and that her character was an attempt to critique individuals who spend too much time in their avatar - online or in games - and don't care for their real human body the same way.

The reviewer at scenesmoking.org had this to say about the film, "In the world of Avatar, everything is modern and technologically forward, but obviously the creators were not thinking forward when they included smoking in several scenes of the movie." The reviewer is only identified as MP, and rates the film a "black lung" for its portrayal of smoking.

Director James Cameron said that Grace was not "an aspirational role model" for teenagers. "She's rude, she swears, she drinks, she smokes," said Cameron. "Also, from a character perspective, we were showing that Grace doesn't care about her human body, only her avatar body, which again is a negative comment about people in our real world living too much in their avatars, meaning online and in video games."

He continued to rail against any possible censorship of smoking in movies by saying, "I don't believe in the dogmatic idea that no one in a movie should smoke. Movies should reflect reality. If it's O.K. for people to lie, cheat, steal and kill in PG-13 movies, why impose an inconsistent morality when it comes to smoking? I do agree that young role-model characters should not smoke in movies, especially in a way which suggests that it makes them cooler or more accepted by their peers."

Cameron's final statement says it all. Smoking "is a filthy habit which I don't support, and neither, I believe, does Avatar."

I have to say, the point is awarded to James Cameron. Well done, sir.

Source: New York Times

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Those anti-smoking folks seem almost as intelligent as P.E.T.A...

Shouldn't they complain about everyone else that ever smoked in a film?

Xvito:
Those anti-smoking folks seem almost as intelligent as P.E.T.A...

Yup, I fail to see there logic...

I think Cameron is throwing us under the bus so he doesn't have to argue...

Though I disagree with smoking in general, those people need to chill the fuck out.

Xvito:
Those anti-smoking folks seem almost as intelligent as P.E.T.A...

i would go that far, myself...
it seems these day that almost all smoking onscreen is done by 'bad guys'
i for one don't mind it, so long as one is polite about not doing it in front of those whom get offended by it, but these days it seems like that's most people..

OH MY GOD, SOMEONE HAS A CIGARETTE!!! Call the fire department! Call the Justice League! Call the Ghostbuster!

C'mon! People are murdered and raped in teen movies, and most of the time it's made to look cool. It's not like if someone who has never smoked sees a person smoking they're going to buy a carton that instant.

I think the anti-smoking groups just commented on Avatar because of its huge success and they want to try and steal some of the limelight and money.

Anti-smoking people are just folks who enjoy telling other people how to live their lives and have found a socially acceptable way to do it.

So... instead of complaining about issues like, say, the use of guns in film, these sunday school moms take great offense to someone smoking... Oh noes... Sounds like an official Board Of Trolls with no lives.

Cameron get off my back! I'll quit as soon as the cartons i bought before new year runs out, okay!

geez, hes worse than my family.

Anti-anything groups will look at anything they can see that goes against their beliefs, and turn it into something terrible. This is nothing new, and something that'll never change.

Cameron's a dick.
Don't blame us because you don't have the balls to tell the anti-smoking groups that teens should be smart enough to make their own judgements and not copy a cfictional character.

That site is hilarious. What on earth is the big deal about smoking in movies?

Thanks, Cameron.

I'm going to shove your 3D goggles down your throat.

People have to stop using a "Look at that neutral group over there! They do bad things!" as a defense. Especially famous people who I was debating whether to let them live or not. It's no now, Cameron.

I dont care if they were potraying us badly. Was Han Solo a role model? no. Do people still adore him? i think that question answers itself.

Scenesmoking-dot-oh-are-gee is probably protesting because most of them quit the habit, and watching a beautiful woman like Sigourney smoke is like watching porn with all the best bits cut out. Frustrating!
And what about all the other age groups as well? Groups like this make me sick when they single out one demographic to attempt to make a point, when all it turns into is the sounds of someone trying to talk around their foot.
This would be why I enjoy people like James Cameron. They won't be petty in leaving out details in a movie which they might be against, but know omitting it is hypocritical and debilitating to the story in some way. Richard Donner of Lethal Weapon fame is strongly against the NRA and is for strong gun control, but he didn't let that stop him from making 4 great movies(ok no.4 was just ok, but the series altogether is great). He was even able to sneak a message into LW3 with great taste.
My hat is off to Mr. Cameron, for making an awersome movie, and being sneaky as well. :D

wow they brought up such a bad argument and then bashed the movie based on it? Doesnt seem intelligent, especially becuase watching Grace demand a ciggarette isnt appealing to ANYONE i dont feel like running out and smoking just becuase of it.

gogo JC

Fuhjem:

C'mon! People are murdered and raped in teen movies, and most of the time it's made to look cool.

so... like Twilight? :P

If anyone goes out and starts smoking purely because of that film, I will;

Firstly, eat my own face.
and secondly, thrash them to within an inch of their lives.

I actually miss the days when characters smoked all the time. Smoking did look cool back in the day, despite the fact that Humphrey Bogart and all those other actors died of lung cancer eventually. There is a hilarious scene in the original The Day The Earth Stood Still in which a bunch of doctors are marvelling about how a humanoid alien can stay so young looking yet be so old. Whilst popping out for a cigarette break, they speculate that the aliens must know something they don't.

Ugh. Much as I dislike smoking [as a smoker], this sort of dickery really gets to me. That scene is not going to encourage anybody to smoke. I thought it was a reference to Placebo [what's wrong with this picture?]...

all i gotta say is who cares what they say? i'm glad i don't do stuff like that cause i'd tell groups like that where to go

If this thread doesn't disintegrate into 'smoking isn't bad for you/stop telling me how to LIVE!/GET OFF MY BACK WITH YOUR FACTS' I am going to be disappointed.

I don't quite make the connection that the girl not taking care of her body = people are too obsessed with something that's not reality. The avatar body was very much a reality that was better in every way possible, why shouldn't she care about it more? You can't become your WoW character or your Escapist name, but one could become a blue catelfperson in that reality.

AkJay:
Though I disagree with smoking in general, those people need to chill the fuck out.

Exactly...Its a bloody film ad the character isnt exactly young! God forbid someone with some age might sway the youth!

All this talk of absurdly insignificant chemical usage in movies makes me want a smoke. Be right back.

so in Cameron's eyes all we do is smoke,drink and do drugs while gaming??

Well in case this MP person failed to notice, the humans in Avatar were portrayed as the general pond scum of the Universe. So the fact that Seagorny Weaver's character was smoking is really a rather minor thing, and this is coming from a guy who detests smoking (me).

James Cameron:
If it's O.K. for people to lie, cheat, steal and kill in PG-13 movies, why impose an inconsistent morality when it comes to smoking? I do agree that young role-model characters should not smoke in movies, especially in a way which suggests that it makes them cooler or more accepted by their peers.

You have to allow that stuff in movies otherwise you're not going to have very effective villains. Evil guys have to be shown doing evil stuff otherwise they're not going to be very convincing. Unless we want all Saturday morning cartoon villains.

If anyone can even come out of this movie remembering that one character at one point asked for a cigarette after three hundred million dollars worth of fluorescent eye-fuckery...then congrats to them. They have more of an attention span than I. And they also probably realized the movie was not very good.

James Cameron, you are officially the patron saint of on-the-fly retcons, cover-ups, and fake-outs.

I mean, really-- you have to be a special kind of creative to pull that answer out of the air like that.

Also, about her not being a role model...when she drinks, swears, and smokes...

James, you might be a genius, but you sure as Hell don't understand teenagers.

maninahat:
I actually miss the days when characters smoked all the time. Smoking did look cool back in the day, despite the fact that Humphrey Bogart and all those other actors died of lung cancer eventually. There is a hilarious scene in the original The Day The Earth Stood Still in which a bunch of doctors are marvelling about how a humanoid alien can stay so young looking yet be so old. Whilst popping out for a cigarette break, they speculate that the aliens must know something they don't.

Haha, I have the look that up. The irony is killing me. XD

I have to take Cameron's side here. First of all, the anti-smoking group was taking things way too seriously. Also, people shouldn't make video games have more importance than their own lives. That's what he seems to be saying here, not that gaming causes people to kill one another.

As a 20 year old person-who-smokes-but-doesn't-consider-themselves-a-smoker I support this thread, but am dissapointed in Mr. Cameron for being diplomatic about this.
If I was a director making a movie about a war between different cultures over a precious resource where the "Americans" are agressive and short sighted and the 1st complaint I heard was that a charector smokes?
someone would be shot in the face

Okay then... so if the avatars are supposed to symbolize people who spend too much time online/playing games

and if he's claiming that this is a BAD thing

then what the hell does this make of... you know... the movie's finale? Considering our main character... um... BECAME one to save an endangered civilization?

Way to stay consistent there James.

wow, of all the stupid things to complain about

wow, of all the stupid things to complain about

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