James Cameron plans Avatar 2 training trip to Brazilian rainforest

Ben Child – Guardian, 03/28/2011

Avatar 2 director James Cameron in Brazil with Caiapo chief Raoni and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: Antonio Bonsorte/AFP/Getty Images

It may not be Pandora, the lush moon of his blockbuster film Avatar, but according to James Cameron, the Brazilian rainforest is the next best thing. Speaking at a sustainability forum last week, the Canadian director said he wanted to bring the cast of the film’s forthcoming sequels to south America to learn about “the natives and what real life in the jungle is like”.

Cameron added: “Avatar is a film about the rainforest and its indigenous people. Before I start to shoot the two films I want to bring my actors here, so I can better tell this story.”

The film-maker was in Manaus, Brazil for the second International Forum on Sustainability, which also played host to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Clinton. The ex-California governor and his former Terminator director introduced a number of debates on sustainability.

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