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James Cameron Admits He Cries Over Pressure To Outdo 'Avatar' With Sequels

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By Jeff Mazzeo

It's nearly impossible to top the highest-grossing film of all time... and James Cameron is well aware!

The "Avatar" director appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday, April 21, where he discussed the immense pressure of creating sequels to the groundbreaking 2009 film. "I cry," Cameron said when asked about how he deals with the fan's expectation that the next films will be better. "I just sit here at my desk, and I cry all day long because there's no way.

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James Cameron on 'The Tonight Show.'
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"It's too much pressure, dude!" Cameron continued. "We just try to be kind of true to what people loved about the first film and take it into whole new areas."

Fallon asked the famed director if he cares about or pays attention that "Avatar" was dethroned and re-crowned as the world's top-grossing film of all time, but he said he's more focused on movie theaters. "What we really need to focus on is getting back to theaters and hopefully we can still have films like that, like "Endgame" and "Avatar," the big Marvel movies and all that."

"Let's pray that the theaters are there after this pandemic and after this shift to streaming," he said before clarifying that he likes streaming services. "Let's remember that that theater is kind of a sacred experience for all of us and let's get back there when it's safe to do so."

'Avatar' Sequels Take Place In An Ocean

James Cameron on the red carpet.
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The 66-year-old director mentioned that the new films allow him to combine his love of filmmaking and the ocean because they take place in the water. His love for the ocean goes beyond "Avatar." In fact, he appeared on the show to promote his new National Geographic project, "Secrets of the Whales." Cameron is the executive producer for the four-episode series, which conveniently debuts on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, on Disney+.

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