“Terminator” director James Cameron saw this future coming — that doesn’t mean he likes it.
The man behind “Titanic” and “Avatar” trashed Trump’s America and the Tweeter-in-Chief’s favorite cable news channel Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Citing old sci-fi works like George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Cameron warned we didn’t need an “overt totalitarian state” to reach some of the darker plot points from those mid-1900’s novels.
“If you look at where we are, people are talking about a post-truth age… and fake news and all that stuff — these stories are as timely as they ever were,” he told a room full of reporters. “It’s happening right now.”
“There’s 20 or 30 percent of the country that actually believes what they see on Fox News,” he added. “I certainly hope I’m not offending anybody, but I kinda don’t give a s— anymore.”
Also during the afternoon panel, Cameron thoughtfully responded to actress Eliza Dushku’s accusation of sexual assault on the set of his 1994 movie “True Lies.” Read what Cameron said about that here.
“AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” premieres Monday, April 30 at 10 p.m. on AMC.