Michelle Rodriguez says 'Avatar' was 'like working on 'Star Wars' -- the first one'
by Jevon Phillips
JP: Did you have the sense that you were working on something historic? A lot of people view the film as a key moment in special-effects film, at least in its ambitions.
MR: To me, it was like working on "Star Wars" -- the first one. You know how now you watch "Star Wars" ["Episode I" in 1999] and you're like "I could've rented or bought the video game then I'd be in control of what's happening' -- because everything's so digital and it doesn't feel real. But you watch the first one ["Episode IV" in 1977] and I don't know how you feel, but I wonder, 'Why does this feel so much greater than the digitized world he [George Lucas] created now?' And I realize it's because of the props. And that's the kind of live-action world that Jim created.
JP: That's very cool.
MR: It is! Especially when you see these big giant robot things that the military has. Those things are cool, man! The actor that played the captain guy literally had to climb on a ladder to get into these things.
JP: When you signed up to do this, did you expect to see and do the types of things that you do working on this movie?
MR: I expected nothing less. I've always been a big fan of Jim Cameron. He's the first director that I've loved for a lot of years and actually got to work with. And I'm surprised cause I'm known to be a crazy wild card, a maverick of sorts.
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