It’s been over a decade since James Cameron introduced us to Pandora with the first “Avatar,” and we are still waiting for the first of four sequels to come out. With no trailer on sight, we’ll have to make do with Marc Maron and Kate Winslet describing their experience with the massive sets built for “Avatar” films.
During Winslet’s recent interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Marc Maron reveals he was invited by James Cameron to visit the massive “Avatar” studio in Manhattan Beach for an audition. Though he did not disclose any specifics of his audition or the actual movies, he did share his confoundedness over visiting the set.
“He had me come down there to audition for something, to look at me for something,” Maron said. “I had to go down there to that city he built, the “Avatar” city and it was the weirdest thing. I walk in and he was like, ‘We’ve got actors in here working all the time, flying around and stuff. So if you want to come into a set and we’ll just do it.’ I was like, ‘What the fuck is happening here?'”
Winslet, who also didn’t reveal any character or plot specifics, related to Maron’s experience after shooting her scenes for the sequels way back in 2018. Because Cameron is planning not one, not two, but four “Avatar” sequels and shot the first two simultaneously, Winslet said she often had no idea which sequel she was filming scenes for. “I lost track of how many he is making at once,” Winslet explained. “I did two at once, in tandem with him. All my work was in 2018…It’s an extraordinary experience. You go into this huge aircraft hanger and anything is possible. You want to fly today? You want to do some spear fighting underwater? Sure, we’ll do it. It was wonderful for me to be a part of such a well-oiled machine, with such great artists and technicians.”
Kate Winslet also talked about how confident and connected Cameron is to the world of “Avatar” and the director approached her after doing a table read and warned that everyone had “drunk the Kool Aid” and that Winslet shouldn’t be freak out by the cast and crew suddenly speaking in the fictional Na’vi language to one another while on set. According to Winslet, “there is a proper immersive experience” to working with the world of “Avatar.”