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“They’re supposed to be in HIGH SCHOOL”: James Cameron’s Thinly Veiled Contempt at Stranger Things Not Having the Common Sense to Plan the Show Around the Actors’ Age


Avatar: The Way of Water is slowly making its way to the top of the box office proving the project to be James Cameron’s masterpiece. The movie not only introduces new creatures and an entire underwater world but also various characters both young and old. Its beauty has been appreciated by everyone but one factor that concerned both the director and the audience was the difference in age between the franchise and reality.

Avatar: The Way of Water gets backlash.
Avatar: The Way of Water

Whether or not there would be a fourth or fifth part of the franchise, the third movie is already in the works and a lot of it could tamper with the continuity of the already-released duology.

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James Cameron Does Not Want To Repeat What Stranger Things Did

Stranger Things has a story loved by every fan and each season has driven the audience with an eagerness to know more and more. This, however, sometimes gets countered by how long it takes for each season to be made disrupted with the ages that the respective actors are to be playing. They become much older than their characters age and that tampers with the continuity of the show itself. Although the show itself does not have a change in the story, it becomes very visible that the actors are much older than they are trying to show.

Stranger Things poster
Stranger Things poster

“Otherwise, you get–and I love Stranger Things–but you get the Stranger Things effect where they’re supposed to still be in high school [but] they look like they’re 27,” James Cameron said. “You know, I love the show. It’s okay, we’ll suspend disbelief. We like the characters, but, you know.”

Similarly, Avatar’s sequel took years to make. Jack Champion was twelve when he first started filming the movie but is now eighteen. The growth that the child actors have had since then.

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James Cameron’s Method To Avoid The Age Difference Visibility

This disruption can be a bit of a nuisance for the audience and to avoid this, James Cameron already took precautions. In order to not mess with the timeline, James Cameron chose to film scenes for both movies side by side to make sure the age gap isn’t increasingly visible especially considering that many of the actors look much different than they did in the sequel.

James Cameron
A still from the movie

Filming consecutively allows him to take the opportunity of them looking the same while still maintaining the flow of the franchise. Any decision of change would be made in the future and would take place only once the rest of the movies are greenlit.

Avatar: Way of Water is now available to watch in theatres.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.