Damon and Gyllenhaal approached to star in Avatar?!

source: latimesblog.com

Did you know that Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were approached by James Cameron to star as Jake Sully in Avatar? You didn’t?!

In a recent report by the L.A. Times, it is revealed that Cameron’s first choice for the role of Jake Sully was always the relatively unknown Sam Worthington. However, the director approached big names like Damon and Gyllenhaal to placate the Fox studio chiefs who were worried about the project’s massive price tag.

Obviously, the duo declined.

“I don’t think they ever had a problem with the CG,” Cameron said. “Honestly, did I go out and try to woo them? No. I had my heart set on Sam. Maybe they sensed my lack of 100% commitment from me. Maybe it was the subject matter. This was a big ‘Star Wars‘-type movie. They’re both serious actors.”

Once Damon and Gyllenhaal declined, the role was Worthington’s for the taking. And then the film made a bajillion dollars.

In other news, Avatar recently won the major prizes at the inaugural International 3D Society’s award ceremony. It beat other game-changing 3D films such as The Final Destination, G-Force, My Bloody Valentine 3D and The Jonas Brothers Concert Experience.


Discuss: So, is Cameron implying that Worthington isn’t a serious actor?

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