Sigourney Weaver has recently wrapped filming on ‘Avatar 2‘ and ‘Avatar 3‘ and is already beginning filming for the next installments in the franchise. With this in mind, she has shared some insight that while some areas of Hollywood are seeing more women and minorities present that the sets of the two films that were just finished didn’t seem to be among them. It sounds like James Cameron has brought in a lot of people which he has worked with over the years and between those and the hiring managers who staff the rest of the crew there was a severe lack of diversity going on behind the scenes.
According to Weaver:
“I’ve been working on Avatar 2 and 3 with James Cameron, and the base of his crew was so many guys he’s worked with over many years. And there are a lot of young people involved. I think one of the frustrations is that there haven’t been enough training programs to diversify the crew community, the cast community, but primarily there has to be a much bigger emphasis in the industry in bringing new people into the business. Even if all the crews wanted to bring in a more diverse crew, more women, minorities, that hasn’t been prioritized.”
This doesn’t seem to be an issue of direct racism or chauvinism at play but more of Cameron just hiring the same crew that he has come to rely on over the years. However, that doesn’t help increase the diversity that Hollywood has been striving to include both behind and in front of the camera.
What are your thoughts on such a massive blockbuster being primarily created without including diversity on the set? Do you think that this might change when it comes to ‘Avatar 4’ and ‘Avatar 5’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Cinema Blend