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James Cameron Exudes Enthusiasm for Main Paraplegic Character that Went Unnoticed in Avatar
James Cameron's main character in Avatar is a Paraplegic, but no one seemed to notice... until now. Just in time for the 2010 Vancouver PARA-lympics. Opening Games March 12th, 2010.
By: Vanilla Fire Productions
James Cameron and his movie Avatar now know what it feels like to go unnoticed. To be bigger than life, and at the same time to be virtually invisible. But paraplegics have known this feeling for a long, long time.
They may have gone unnoticed, but they are not Unbeaten. Thanks to one "notable exception" as James Cameron put it in the interview. Could he have been talking about documentary filmmaker Steven C. Barber, who has met with Cameron on the very subject? Barber synchronistically has his own film, which not only features paraplegics, including a real life Marine veteran just like "Jake Sully", but is saving lives with his film. In fact, he teamed up with Sam Worthington at the Avatar premiere in Los Angeles in December to provide the only wheel-chair paraplegics in attendance to see the film. http://docs.google.com/
Avatar has a disabled, or as Cameron calls it "a differently abled" guy in a wheelchair as the main character. "That's pretty bizarre," Cameron says. "I always thought that was gonna be a big topic of discussion."
It seems that one small inquiry on the green carpet at the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party has opened Pandora's box. Literally. And the real wheel-chair protagonist is a real life paraplegic in Barber's movie. Meet Oz Sanchez. Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who not only is a paraplegic... not only one of the stars of Unbeaten... but is the reigning Gold Medalist... the fastest man in the world in a wheelchair. Barber's great hope is to change the disappointing fact that very few in America (unlike other countries) are even aware that a 400+ Paralympic team even exists. Barber himself was shocked to find himself almost the only media to attend and cover this event in the past in Beijing. There is still hope that Cameron's Avatar and Barber's Unbeaten can change all this by Opening Games for the Paralympics March 12th, 2010.
Why did Cameron choose to go with a paraplegic? You can view the video interview to see his entire answer http://docs.google.com/
Barber was recently seen Oscar night asking various celebrities to do their part as well. "I stand up for the disabled and so can you. Go to UnbeatenTheMovie.com"
It's Barber's great hope that he and Cameron will be able to synergize the power of both their films, not just for the entertainment industry, but for the real life plight of the disabled.
In mid May, Barber has been invited by the Commanding Colonel at Walter Reed Medical Center to premiere his healing and transformational film for more than 600 disabled vets that have come back as amputees from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Barber will be presenting the Unbeaten medal of honor to three outstanding people that exemplify the Unbeaten spirit in the paraplegic arena. Barber, along with his producing partner Polaris Media Group, has reached out to Cameron to honor him with this award.
For interviews with the filmmaker, who recently appeared on CNN Larry King Live, call (310) 806-5833