James Cameron’s “Avatar,” the box office smash hit recently eclipsed over $1 billion in ticket sales and Cameron is talking, but not about the money, rather about the habits of gamers.
He said, in Sunday’s New York Times, that Sigourney Weaver’s character, Grace, smoked cigarettes as a critique of gamers everywhere.
Cameron went on to say Weaver’s character was never meant to be a role model and her smoking habit was intentionally placed in the film as commentary on her compulsive need to be an Avatar, and not in the real world.
"We were showing that Grace doesn’t care about her human body, only her avatar body," Cameron said. Augustine’s destructive behavior "is a negative comment about people in our real world living too much in their avatars, meaning online and in video games."
There you have it. Straight from Cameron’s mouth.