When conservative critics blasted James Cameron's "Avatar" for its purported anti-American, anti-capitalist worldview, the director hit back by sarcastically admitting to MTV News, "It's high-quality left swill."
Taking on Fox News host Glenn Beck on Tuesday, Cameron was considerably less jokey, calling the conservative personality a "madman" and "dangerous," among other things during a press conference to promote the April 22 DVD release of "Avatar" (which is, ironically, a Fox movie).
"Glenn Beck is a f---ing a--hole," he said, according to The Associated Press. "I've met him. He called me the Antichrist, and not about 'Avatar.' He hadn't even seen 'Avatar' yet. I don't know if he has seen it."
In 2007, Cameron executive-produced the documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," which questioned the Bible's account of Jesus' resurrection. Beck, then working for CNN, began an on-camera interview with the director by saying, "Many people believe James Cameron officially has tossed his hat in the ring today and is officially running for Antichrist."
After the heated interview with Beck, Cameron said he walked away thinking, "[W]hat happened to CNN? Who is this guy? Who is this madman? And then of course he wound up on Fox News, which is where he belongs, I guess."
On Tuesday, after slamming Beck at the "Avatar" press conference, Cameron then seemed to backpedal. "I think, you know what, he may or may not be an a--hole, but he certainly is dangerous, and I'd love to have a dialogue with him," he said, going on to suggest a debate about environmental and political issues.
"I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads," Cameron said. "Anybody that is a global-warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their a--, I'm not sure they could hear me."
Cameron said conservative criticisms of the environmental message of environmental message of "Avatar" aren't necessarily attacks. "They're just people ranting away, lost in their little bubbles of reality, steeped in their own hatred, their own fear and hatred," he said. "That's where it all comes from. Let's just call it out. Let's have a public discussion. That's what movies are supposed to do, you know. You can have a mindless entertainment film that doesn't affect anybody. I wasn't interested in that."
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