Kate Winslet has said she loved reuniting with Titanic director James Cameron on Avatar 2 – after previously saying she wouldn’t work with him again due to his ‘bad temper’.
The actress, 47, starred in the iconic romantic movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997, and now features in his new film Avatar: The Way of Water which is released next Friday.
But in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, published in line with Titanic’s release, Kate called James, 68, ‘a really tough nut to crack’, adding: ‘There were times I was genuinely frightened of him.’
Changing her mind: Kate Winslet has said she loved working with Titanic director James Cameron again on Avatar 2 – after previously saying she wouldn’t due to his ‘bad temper’
While Kate said she ‘did come to understand him’ and ‘a couple of times… felt he was someone I could take a country walk with, and enjoy it,’ she told The Guardian two years later: ‘He has a temper like you wouldn’t believe.
‘You’d have to pay me a lot of money to work with Jim again.’
Speaking on Friday’s upcoming episode of The Graham Norton show about why she changed her mind about working with him again she said: ‘It’s nearly 27 years since Titanic and I was very young.
Reunited: The actress, 47, starred in the iconic romantic movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997, and now features in his new film Avatar: The Way of Water which is released next Friday (pictured together at a photocall for the this week)
‘Looking back so much gets twisted. Jim is an amazing man and all the good things I ever said about him were left out so it’s nice to be able to say how extraordinary he is and know people are going to listen this time.
‘How he creates these stories is just mesmerizing and he establishes a working environment that is so much fun, really collaborative and super experimental.
‘It’s an amazing thing to be a part of and I walked away thinking, ‘I could do that again, and again, and again.’
Before: But In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, published in line with Titanic’s release, Kate called James, 68, ‘a really tough nut to crack’, adding: ‘There were times I was genuinely frightened of him’
TV appearance: Kate appeared on The Graham Norton show with Lenny Henry, Nadiya Hussain and Jack Whitehall
She added of the new film: ‘I’ve seen it now and it is amazing – it’s completely extraordinary.’
Revealing her ability to hold her breath for a scarcely believable seven minutes for the movie’s underwater filming, she says: ‘It is a sport and I trained every single day for three weeks.
‘It was an extraordinary experience and I loved it and got really good at it. I am so proud that I was brave enough to learn something new in my 40s. As a woman I felt so great about it and it made me feel really powerful.’
Kate has newly joined the Avatar franchise as Na’vi warrior Ronal.
Big role: Kate has newly joined the Avatar franchise as Na’vi warrior Ronal (pictured at the premiere this week)
The second movie, titled Avatar 2: The Way of Water, has brought back much of the original cast including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang but also added Kate and Vin Diesel.
‘Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora,’ according to the movie’s IMDb page. ‘Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.’
The trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water was released just a month before the film is set for release on December 16.
Opinions: Kate has now said: ‘Looking back so much gets twisted. Jim is an amazing man and all the good things I ever said about him were left out so it’s nice to be able to say how extraordinary he is and know people are going to listen this time’
The trailer begins with members of the Na’vi sitting on the backs of ikrans, flying pterodactyl like beings that take them over a gorgeous waterfall.
Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully and Zoe Saldaña’s Neytiri take their children to another tribe seeking safe harbor as huge mechanical suits, operated by humans, trample through a forest.
‘Treat them as our brothers and sisters,’ a leader of this other tribe insists as some individuals swim through crystal clear water.
‘Teach them our ways,’ the voice continues while a young voice calls one of Sully’s children ‘forest boy.’
One then learns to ride a giants, underwater eel. It emulates the scene from the first movie when Sam Worthington’s character is taught to ride an ikran.
Titles cut into scenes of picturesque landscapes refer to the film as ‘The motion picture event of a generation.’
The Na’vi are then put in a perilous situation with humans burning their lands with huge flamethrowers, destroying nearly everything in their paths.
Just weeks ahead of Avatar’s 2 scheduled release, Sam Worthington revealed they have already started filming Avatar 3 and a few scenes of Avatar 4.
The start of their careers: Leonardo and Kate are pictured in Titanic which was released back in 1997
The Australian actor, 46, returns in the sequel to 2009’s Avatar as Jake Sully, who has a new family of his own on Pandora.
Avatar: The Way of Water will lead into Avatar 3, currently expected to hit theatres on December 20, 2024.
And Sam revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of Avatar 3 has already been filmed.
It comes after James Cameron revealed that the much-anticipated second Avatar film was ‘very f***ing expensive’ to shoot.
Last month, the esteemed director did not give an exact number of how much it cost, but did refer to it as ‘the worst business case in movie history’.
He told GQ: ‘You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. That’s your threshold. That’s your break even.’
The first Avatar movie is reportedly the highest-grossing movie of all time, according to Variety.
Throwback: Kate Winslet, James Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio pictured together at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1998