James Cameron, Superstar?

James Cameron

James Cameron may not be God, but he may be one of the closest things to him on this wacky world of ours. Now it seems the government’s starting to recognize that, too.

Remember the Titanic? Cameron didn’t just make a movie of the thing, he was also responsible for the cameras they used down there, and a nice little chunk of the robotics work that went into it. He knows underwater exploration like he knows the back of his hand. Apparently the U.S. government hoped to tap into that knowledge as well, and in a practical way.

Last week, Washington  tapped Cameron for meetings with both politicians and scientists to try and get a little outside help in dealing with the monstrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, they hoped he could tell them how to get a camera down 5,000 feet to figure out where the oil is leaking and how they could stop it (apparently figuring BP had failed enough being left to work it out on its own).

But now, as the underwater robot plan seems to have taken off, the drama seems to have another act left. BP seems to have reacted poorly to Cameron’s presence. Not only have they rejected his proposed ideas, but have kicked off a round of scathing criticism from the man. In an interview at the D8 tech conference on Wednesday, Cameron said of BP:

“Over the last few weeks I’ve watched as we all have with a growing sort of horror and heartache watching what’s happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don’t know what they’re doing.”

And I wonder why they can’t get along?

At any rate, I’m sure with Cameron going off on them, BP will have an extra reason to be thankful if their latest plan actually works. I’m sure his presence probably made BP a little nervous. Environmentalist extraordinaire meets oil-crazed billionaires. They were probably worried that if they aren’t careful, Cameron might very well ride in with an army of bow-wielding Na’vi at his back, looking for some serious clean-up, above and beyond the spilled oil. As is, they seem to have evaded that particular end game, but hey, there’s still time left in the game.

Explorer. Director. Producer. Writer. Inventor. Cameron has a lot of titles under his belt, and I can’t say I would have been surprised if he had gotten to add global savior to the list. Sadly things don’t seem to have quite worked out that way, but with this oil mess going the way it has over the past weeks, I’m not going to count him out yet. There’s still a lot of oil spewing into the Gulf, and any number of wrenches that could be thrown into the works before all is finally said and done.

~ by Chris G. on June 5, 2010.

One Response to “James Cameron, Superstar?”

  1. Yeah and next we’ll be debating oil spills! 🙂

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