On the heels of his latest magnum opus, Avatar, I had filmmaking giant James Cameron over to my house in Culver City to talk shop.
Tom Henry: James Cameron, thanks for coming out.
James Cameron: Can I talk about my new movie called Avatar?
JC: It has the biggest budget ever.
Tom Henry: Ok.
JC: You know when you used to collect Marvel cards when you were a kid?
JC: With the amount I spent on this movie, I could have bought you very many of those cards.
TH: Well, that doesn't even make much sense.
JC: About a zillion dollars worth or whatever.
TH: Is that how much you spent?
JC: More than you'll ever see anyway.
TH: So not a zillion.
JC: Uh yeah, whatever, what's the most money you ever spent on anything?
TH: I'm not sure.
JC: Remember in the sixth grade when your friend gave you those shoes, but you didn't like the colour so you coloured them with black marker?
TH: Yeah, sort of.
JC: What a poor move.
TH: Sure, whatever.
JC: Did you ever have a dream where you were so rich, and then you woke up, and you were like damn?
TH: I guess.
TH: Can we talk about something else?
JC: Sure, what do you want to talk about, the dirt on the ground?
TH: No, I dunno, who are your influences?
JC: No one you've probably ever heard of.
TH: Why don't you just say.
JC: You know that kid from Malcolm In The Middle?
TH Frankie Muniz?
JC: Yeah, what he makes times about 400 million.
TH: That's not an influence.
JC: Not for you.
TH: Who are your filmmaking influences?
JC: Tim Burton.
JC No, have you seen how much he spends on movies?
JC: Indie shit. That guy's an ammie.
TH: an amateur?
JC: Yeah, I call them ammies... You know that movie Titanic?
TH: Yeah, you made it.
JC: What a crappy little budget that movie had.
TH: So you're not happy with it?
JC: Leonardo Decaprio's so ugly, he's poor.
TH: I think he has a lot of money.
JC: Do you wanna know my only friend?
JC: The Eiffel Tower, it's the only guy worth enough.
TH: I don't think it's a guy.
JC: I pay this guy to sort of sit near it and more or less embody it, so we can play cards and stuff.
TH: So you're friends with that guy?
JC: No, he's a peasant of some sort, I'm friends with the tower.
JC: Do you have any food? I'm starving.
TH: Uh, yeah, what are you in the mood for?
JC: I haven't eaten in months.
TH: That's bad.
JC: I haven't found any food expensive enough.
TH: I guess I saw that coming.
JC: Can you do me a favour and charge me alot of money for some food? Because I think I might die.
TH: I guess so.
JC: Ok, my wallet needs to be airlifted here.
TH: That's so stupid, don't you have a bank card?
JC: I had a bank card made out of that stuff from Jurrasic Park.
TH: What stuff?
TH: You have a bank card made out of dinosaur?
JC: Not anymore, I gave it to Bill Gates.
TH: Why Bill Gates?
JC: Seemed like he was down on his luck.
TH: I don't really want to talk to you anymore.
JC: Ok, can you call me one of those taxis that god drives for a handsome fee?
TH: That doesn't exist.
JC: Ok, bye.