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Cameron - Avatar 'could have been terrible'

Hollywood director James Cameron believes his digital movie spectacular Avatar would have been “terrible” if it was live-action.
The director used motion-capture technology for most of the scenes in the sci-fi epic. Zoe Saldana played blue-skinned alien Neytiri, of the fictional Na’vi race. Instead of coating her skin in blue make-up, Cameron made Zaldana and all the other alien actors wear high-tech motion caption suits to record their movements and turned them into digital animation.
The film cost $260 million to make.
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“Here’s the thing: if it had been in live action, she would have been in blue make-up and it would not have had the power,” Cameron said. “Her eyes would not have been those eyes.
“The blue make-up would have looked terrible. I know – every time I go to a convention where someone decides they’re going to be a Na’vi, I’m reminded why we didn’t do it.”

Fellow director Steven Spielberg is also glad Cameron didn’t go for a more natural look. Spielberg said he loved Avatar, but thinks the actors would have looked terrible if Cameron had used cosmetics instead of animation.

“You get that on TV: The Blue Man Group. It’s spray paint, it’s not organic. It’s Ben Stiller at the Oscars. That’s about as good as it gets,” Spielberg told Empire magazine.

Ben Stiller dressed up as a Na’vi at the Academy Awards ceremony earlier this year

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