Things don’t sound too chummy between Josh Brolin and CGI-loving director James Cameron. Not that I ever assumed they were friends, but now I know they’re definitely not. Instead, things are awkward between them, and it’s all Avatar’s fault. I’m sure Avatar has caused many a fight between friends, family, and colleagues, but those were probably caused by arguments over how terrible that movie was. That’s not what Josh and James are salty about (well, not technically).
Josh recently sat down with Esquire to talk about his latest tough guy role in Only the Brave. Josh talks about going to AA and getting sober (which as many people familiar with Josh Brolin know, he needed that), and what Only the Brave is about. Eventually they got talking about a beef he has with James Cameron, because Josh is apparently an honest open book (“Ew gross” probably thought Robert Pattinson). It’s all because Josh turned down a role in one of the many sequels to Avatar. Josh wasn’t in the first one, and he sure as na’vi shit doesn’t want to be in the second.
Brolin not only tells me about turning down a role in the sequel to Avatar, he also has no problem admitting the decision caused tension between him and the director. “If I don’t want to do Avatar” he says, “I’m not going to do Avatar. James Cameron’s fucking calling me this name and that name. Whatever. If James Cameron came to me and said, ‘Hey, man, why’d you say that?’ I’d go, ‘Because it happened.'”
Oooh, such tough guy. Except maybe not? Shortly after Esquire hit publish on their interview, Josh hopped on Instagram to clarify what he said about James Cameron. According to Josh, his words were taken out of context (of course), he was joking, and he doesn’t even know James Cameron. Got it.
Press: Quit making problems where they don't exist. In this month's Esquire my diatribe on films I might have turned down in the past in place of whatever artistic path I wanted to be on at that time I take full responsibility for and was spoken about in light jest. James Cameron has little to nothing to do with it. I don't know him nor would I ever rely on anyone involving conjecture. That said, I've had enough imbroglios in my past to know that anything can be taken out of context and exploited beautifully for profit. So let this be one of them as another notch in Hollywood's circus belt of Swiss cheese. #swisscheesepress #sincity
Josh didn’t get into specifics about what part James Cameron wanted him to play or when this conversation even happened (did it even happen?). All I really care about is what names James Cameron allegedly called him. Forget about the mental image of a CGI’d Josh Brolin sticking his blue alien tail into the butt of a dragon bird. I want to know – did James Cameron call him a fucking idiot, or was he more creative, like calling him a fucking perpetually-squinting sun-damaged idiot? These are the important questions.