James Cameron is undoubtedly one of the most prolific directors in Hollywood. After crushing the box-office with Avatar's $2.8 billion worldwide gross and winning several awards for the sci-fi epic in 2009, Cameron is back with four sequels currently in production. Considering the popularity and love for the blue-skinned Na'vi tribe, the hype around these sequels was bound to be insurmountable. However, after successfully hiring Game of Thrones' Oona Chaplin and Fear the Walking Dead's Cliff Curtis, Cameron was faced with rejection from Josh Brolin - and apparently he didn't take it well.
During an interview with Esquire, Brolin revealed that he was called names by Cameron after refusing to join the Avatar franchise.
"If I don't want to do 'Avatar'. I'm not going to do 'Avatar'. James Cameron's f**king calling me this name and that name. Whatever."
As the decision to sign a four-movie contract is ultimately in the actor's hands, Cameron's reported reaction is certainly surprising. However, Brolin has firmly stated that he doesn't mind sharing his frustration regarding the ordeal.
"If James Cameron came to me and said, 'Hey, man, why'd you say that?' I'd go, 'Because it happened.'"
Although this might've been Brolin's first brush with the director, Cameron was previously described as "hell on wheels" by Orson Scott Card, who worked with Cameron on the novelization of The Abyss. Similarly, Titanic star Kate Winslet complained about the director's temper, while Sam Worthington retold Cameron's unique method of avoiding unwanted calls while shooting,
"If a mobile phone goes off he'd nail it to the wall with a nail gun"
Despite these accounts, Cameron has been equally complimented for his urge to achieve absolute perfection for his movies - and the box office results speak for themselves. With this in mind, it makes sense that he'd want the best man for the job to take part in his upcoming Avatar sequels. However, Josh Brolin already has huge responsibilities lined up for other major franchises.
Josh Brolin is known for his versatility, having played roles like the gruff and brooding Llewelyn Moss in No Country For Old Men and the comedic younger version of Agent K in Men In Black 3. His CGI transformation into Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy then firmly cemented his position in the #MCU, hyping fans up for his inevitably larger role in future installments.
From The Mad Titan To Cable: Brolin Has A Lot On His Plate!
After making brief appearances in #Marvel's post-credit sequences, Brolin is finally ready to don the Infinity Gauntlet and teach the Avengers a lesson in Avengers: Infinity War. Proving the tremendous demand for the actor, Brolin has also been tasked with facing #Deadpool's motor-mouth in Deadpool 2 as the time-travelling anti-hero, Cable.
While some fans were rooting for Stephen Lang or Pierce Brosnan to claim the role, Brolin's ripped physique and comic-accurate look has convinced the majority of Deadpool fans that he's the right choice to play #Cable. So, while the opportunity to star in Avatar's sequels would have been a lucrative option for the actor, Brolin's decision to collaborate on other major projects has given fans plenty of titles to look forward to. With immense support from the comic book community, Brolin is all set to take 2018 by storm.
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