-When he was making Aliens, H.R. Giger, creator of the Alien, humbly asked to be involved in the project because the Alien was his “baby” and it pained him not to have some input in future projects featuring it. Cameron told him to piss off as nicely as he could pretend to, essentially saying “You’re the father of the alien so you would overshadow me and I want my name remembered most.” Giger felt disrespected and hurt over it until he died.
-He wrote the whole Ripley/Newt story in Aliens as well as giving Ripley a dead daughter because he felt it was unrealistic for a woman not to show strong “feminine instincts” such as mothering, and crying.
-When Cameron was making Titanic, he used the name and history of a real man for the movie’s villain. You know, the creeper and embezzler who stole someone’s baby so he could get on a life raft in the end. The real man was a hero who helped save so many people he has a statue in his home town, and his family begged, PLEADED with Cameron to change the bad guy’s name to a fictional one so it wouldn’t be slandering and demonizing their loved one. Cameron said no, that he wouldn’t let anyone change his artistic vision, and that he had to use real names for “authenticity” (even while inventing entire personalities for them)
-Cameron has a history of body shaming his actresses. He even called Kate Winslet “Kate Weighs-a-lot” to her face when she was working with him on Titanic. Other actresses tell similar stories.
-He kept bragging how “Avatar” was filled with the most imaginative creatures every conceived for a science fiction film. Seriously. Sexualized blue people and dinosaurs and some giant tube worms that live on land instead of water.
I also just don’t find any of his films personally entertaining. The best one is Terminator and Terminator II, and I still don’t really actively care about them. I saw them once, found them alright, probably couldn’t sit through them again.
So in my book he’s not only an ass of a person, but a talentless hack people only notice because of the massive effects budgets he’s landed.
I have enough complaints about Aliens alone that I did a college essay on it (I got an A) and may edit it into a funnier site article one day.
This is like one of the few pop culture things I’m a curmudgeon about, but only because of his assholery. Otherwise I don’t feel any active spite for creators, I mean, it’s never anybody’s fault if they fail to entertain you; it is their fault when they’re a
huge titanic douche lol see what I did there I bet nobody has made that joke EVER