Josh Brolin Turned Down an ‘Avatar’ Sequel… James Cameron Really Wasn’t Happy

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Josh Brolin has a reputation for not sugarcoating it in interviews.

The tell-it-like-it-is Oscar nominee has revealed that not only did he turn down a role in an upcoming sequel to 2009’s Avatar, but that James Cameron was mighty unhappy when he did.

“If I don’t want to do Avatar, I’m not going to do Avatar,” Brolin said in an interview with Esquire. “James Cameron’s fucking calling me this name and that name. Whatever. If James Cameron came to me and said, ‘Hey, man, why’d you say that?’ I’d go, ‘Because it happened.'”

Cameron’s also known for speaking his mind, so it isn’t hard to believe that tension could have easily risen between the two.

Brolin hasn’t revealed exactly why he didn’t want to star in an Avatar sequel in the first place, but it’s not like he needs yet another blockbuster franchise on his C.V. The actor has plenty on the horizon, including Avengers: Infinity War, where he’ll be reprising his role as supervillain Thanos; Soldado, the sequel to 2015’s Sicario; the firefighter drama Only the Brave; and Deadpool 2, which will see him playing mutant Nathan Summers, aka Cable.

The first of Cameron’s four Avatar sequels is scheduled for U.S. release on December 18, 2020.

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