On the air of BBC Radio 1, the creator of the blockbuster Avatar James Cameron said that actor Matt Damon, 52, regrets losing out millions. According to the director, the actor still reproaches himself for refusing the lead role in the first Avatar in 2009. However, then Damon was involved in the filming of The Bourne Identity and could not take part in both projects.
Although the rejection of Avatar was not the best financial decision, Damon argued that it was the right moral decision.
"He’s beating himself up over this," Cameron said, "And I really think you know, 'Matt you’re kind of like one of the biggest movie stars in the world, get over it.' But he had to do another 'Bourne' film which was on his runway and there was nothing we could do about that. So he had to regretfully decline. "
Cameron offered the actor a deal under which Damon would get 10% of the film's box office profits. It is known that Avatar also became the first film in the history of cinema, that grossed over $2 billion. As a result, the famous actor could have earned more than $250 million.
Watch Cameron’s recent BBC Radio interview in its entirety in the video below.
During the first weekend the movie Avatar: The Way of Water grossed more than $435.5 million. This is almost twice as much as the first Avatar, which grossed $241.6 million in its first weekend.
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