Canadian director and "Avatar" creator, James Cameron attended the 2nd International Forum on Sustainability in Manaus, Brazil.
The forum debated "Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability of the Amazon and the Planet" and aimed "to publicize successful sustainable-development practices and mechanisms in the Amazon, to demonstrate the rain forest's economic and environmental value and to show how the forest impacts the region and the world."
And while on the topic, Cameron told AFP that he is considering bringing in the Avatar sequels' cast to the Brazilian rain forest. Cameron stated that "Avatar is a film about the rain forest and its indigenous people." And bringing in his actors to get in touch and be inspired by the forest and its indigenous tribes "can better tell this [the Avatar] story."
Cameron also stated that "the actors could learn about the natives and what real life in the jungle is like."
According to Globo newspaper, Cameron was baptized by a member of the caiapo tribe, chief Raoni, who gave Cameron the name "Krapremp-ti" (man who is s friend of the jungle.) It was reported that the director said he would use that name in his Avatar sequel. He also stated, "If I had met the caiapos before making Avatar, I would certainly have made a better film."
The 2nd International Forum on Sustainability was attended by sustainability specialists, business, political and environmental leaders from Brazil and around the world.
Former US President Bill Clinton, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson joined Cameron as speakers at the forum.
SOURCES: The Hollywood Reporter; LexisNexis