James Cameron Details One Of His ‘Avatar’ Deleted Scenes, Featuring Sam Worthington And An Unseen Beast

Even for a movie as long as “Avatar” is — roughly 160 minutes — there’s bound to be some stuff that gets left out. It’s the nature of these things; you make a movie, then you trim out excess fat; elements that slow things down, feel out of place or simply don’t work for one reason or another. Then of course you put out a Blu-ray/DVD and either incorporate all of that stuff back into the movie or parse it out into a separate section for viewers to enjoy.

Apparently, “Avatar” was quite the epic-length tale in one of its earlier cuts. Star Sam Worthington told MTV’s Josh Horowitz as much in an interview at the movie’s London press junket. “The first time i saw the movie, i think it was like four hours long or something, four and half hours,” he said. “You’ll have to ask [director James Cameron].” And that’s exactly what we did, as you’ll see in the video after the jump.

Cameron didn’t have much to say on that four-hour-or-more running time, but he did reveal that there are 10 to 12 minutes of footage left on the cutting room floor that, with a little bit of post-production work, will be ready for inclusion on an eventual home video release, either as separate deleted scenes or a full-on extended edition cut of the film.

He even went as far as detailing one of those sequences, an action-packed moment in which Worthington’s character Jake Sully, in his Na’vi avatar form, undergoes one of the trials necessary for joining the tribe: hunting a Sturmbeest, a large rhino-like Pandora native.

“It’s a creature you no longer see in the movie,” Cameron said. “[Sully] has to learn how to hunt through the air and do this incredibly brave thing, and then after the hunt they have this big festival and they dance and there’s a drunk scene with [Na’vi member] Tsu’tey, which is Laz Alonso’s character, which is actually pretty damn funny.”

The sequence was ultimately cut for pacing reasons, a common cause for these sorts of edits. “It’s all wonderful stuff, but it was sort of bogging down the middle section of the movie,” Cameron said. “So there’s plenty for a value-added DVD experience on this film. Of course, we’ll have to go punch it all up and get it all mixed and stuff like that.”

Are you looking forward to checking out this deleted scene? How do you feel about the “Avatar”’s length in its theatrical cut? Would you prefer to see the deleted footage as separate content on the Blu-ray/DVD or integrated back into the film as an extended edition?