James Cameron Lashes Out at 'Morons' After His Help is Denied by BP


Looks like Sexy Cowgirl will never get her chance to be a hero. The world reacted with bemused cheers the other day when Avatar director James Cameron met with the EPA to brainstorm methods to stop BP's oil-gushing leak. What he didn't reveal until now? BP itself turned down his offers of help. (Just picture Paul Reiser delivering this news to Cameron with sleazy faux-regretfulness after trying to put an alien parasite down Newt's throat.)

Says the Guardian:

Speaking at a technology conference in California [Cameron] said: "Over the last few weeks I've watched, as we all have, with growing horror and heartache, watching what's happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don't know what they're doing."

He did not say explicitly who he meant when he referred to "morons." [...]

The director helped develop deep-sea submersible equipment and other underwater ocean technology for the making of documentaries exploring the wrecks of the Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck two miles (3.2km) below the surface. The BP oil spill is one mile (1.6km) below the surface.

He said: "I know really, really, really smart people that work typically at depths much greater than what that well is at.

"Most importantly, they know the engineering that it requires to get something done at that depth."

Why, it's almost as though Cameron will have to assemble his own renegade troop of photogenic scientists (including Bill Paxton, Sigourney Weaver, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and insistent tagalong Tom Arnold) to go down to the Gulf themselves! Cowabunga, dudes!

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: James Cameron says 'these morons don't know what they're doing' [Telegraph]


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  • honeyjaze says:

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  • Martini Shark says:

    So a non-oil expert was shunned for his opinion on how to deal with a gusher miles down? I imagine that would be somewhat similar to an oil baron walking onto one of Jim's sets and giving him advice on how to shoot the next scene.

  • jt says:

    How about actually watching the actual clip of what Cameron said?
    It's absolutely pathetic the way the mass media has covered this statement. Yes, the man is an ass a lot of the time, but this wasn't one of those cases. His "they are morons" comment has been completely taken out of context.

  • Vern says:

    It's ironic that BP was denied permission by the US government to nuke the problem. Nukes are considered one of James Cameron's action movie signatures. ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure." -Aliens) It appears the experts want to resort to James Cameron style action to fix the problem whereas Cameron is offering to call the most experienced underwater engineers on the planet. Who sounds more qualified to run this operation?

  • Formerly Blackwater says:

    No, it wouldn't be similar, Martini...unless Cameron was unable to shoot the scene himself, and the oil baron had spent much of the last 20 years immersed in the world of film technology, traveled in a community of cinematic innovators, possesses the will for problem-solving that Cameron apparently lacks, and was personally familiar with the logistics involved in getting the scene shot. It's a goddamn emergency; let's see what Cameron can do.

  • stolidog says:

    Can't they just stuff the well with all the animals they've killed with the oil...that should be more than enough to fill it. Top kill indeed.
    I know, too soon.

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