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Jake Sully:

"I became a Marine for the hardship. I told myself I could pass any test a man can pass."

[Asked if he has had any lab training. . .]
"I dissected a frog once."

"Everything is backwards now. Like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream."

"I can barely remember my old life. I�m not sure who I am anymore."

"I was a warrior who dreamed of bringing peace. Sooner or later, though, you always have to wake up."

"Who's got a date with the chief's daughter?"

"Tired of doctors telling me what I can and cannot do."

"I am a warrior...of the...Jarhead clan."

[Jake when he wakes up from his cryosleep]
"It didn't feel like 6 years. It felt like a fifth of tequila and an asskicking."

"Why don't you kiss the darkest part of my little white ..."

"The Sky People have sent a message that they can take whatever they want, and no one can stop them. But we will send them a message. Ride out, as fast as the wind can carry you, tell the other clans to come. Tell them Toruk Macto calls to them. Fly now with me brothers and sisters! Fly! And we will show the Sky People that . . . this is our land!"


"I see you."

"Your fault! You are like a baby, making noise, don�t know what to do. You should not come here, all of you! You only come and make problems. Only."

"You have a strong heart. No fear. But stupid! Ignorant like a child!"

"You will never be one of the People! NEVER!"

"All energy is borrowed and you eventually have to give it back."

Dr. Grace Augustine:

"Who�s got my goddamn cigarette?!"

"You see? You see? They�re pissing on us without even the courtesy of calling it rain."

"I need a research assistant, not some jarhead dropout."

"Parker, I used to think it was benign neglect, but now I see you�re intentionally screwing us."

"So you just figured you�d come out here to the most hostile environment known to man, with no training of any kind, and see how it went? What was going through your head?"

"Relax and let your mind go blank. That shouldn�t be hard for you."

"Stay with the ship. One idiot with a gun is enough."

"Don�t shoot. You�ll piss it off."

"Norm, you contaminated the sample with your saliva!"

Colonel Miles Quaritch:

"This is Papa Dragon..."

"You are not in Kansas any more... You are on Pandora, ladies and gentlemen."

"Out beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubees."

"As head of security, it�s my job to keep you alive. I will not succeed."

"This low gravity makes you soft. You get soft, Pandora will shit you out dead with zero warning."

"I pulled your record, Corporal. Venezuela -- that was some mean bush. Nothing like this here, though. You got heart kid, coming out here."

[Discussing his head scars . . .]
"They could fix this if I rotated back. But you know what? I kinda like it. Reminds me every day what�s out there."

"You walk like one of her science pukes, you quack like one, but you report to me. Can you do that for me?"

"Well, I�d say diplomacy has failed."

"Jake, how does it feel to betray your own race?"

"If there is a Hell, you might want to go there for some R&R after a tour on Pandora!"

"That�s how you scatter the roaches."

Parker Selfridge:

"Grace. You know I enjoy our little talks."

"Look, you�re supposed to be winning the hearts and minds of the natives. Isn�t that the whole point of your little puppet show? If you look like them, if you talk like them, they�ll trust you?"

"This is why we�re here. Unobtanium. Because this little gray rock sells for twenty million a kilo. No other reason. This is what pays for the party. And it�s what pays for your science. Comprendo?"

"You know what? You throw a stick in the air around here it falls on some sacred fern."

Trudy Chacon:

"You should see your faces."

"Screw it. I didn't sign up for this."

"You�re not the only ones with guns, you pricks."

Dr. Max Patel:

"Here, tomorrow, oh eight hundred. Try to use big words."

"That�s a gorgeous brain. Nice activity."

"No, Quaritch has taken over. He�s rolling and there�s no stopping him."


[Jake facing a Thanator]
Jake: "What about this one, run? Don't run?"
Grace: "Run, definitely run!"

[Jake and Neytiri talking about banshees]
Jake:"How will I know if he chose me?"
Neytiri:"He will try to kill you."

Lyle Wainfleet: "Look at all that new meat."
[Paraplegic former Marine Jake Sully wheels off the shuttle, Fike spots him]
Fike: "Check it out, man. Meals on wheels."
Lyle Wainfleet: "That is just wrong."

Tsu'Tay: "You mated with this woman!?"
Grace: "Oh shit..."

Jake: "Its over Quaritch."
Quaritch: "It ain't over if I'm still breathing."
Jake: "I was hoping you'd say that."

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* Michael Biehn was considered for the role of Col. Quaritch. He met with James Cameron three times and saw some of the 3D footage, but in the end it simply came down to the fact that Cameron didn't want people thinking it was Aliens (1986) all over again, as Sigourney Weaver had already been cast.

* A casting call was posted on the website of Mali Finn Casting in early December 2005 for the female lead. The casting call was erroneously reported to be for James Cameron's Battle Angel (2009).

* Avatar's hands have five fingers, and their feet have five toes, whereas the Na'vi only have four. The Avatars are also broader in the chest and arms, appearing more 'muscular'.

* The spiral-shaped, retracting creatures that Jake encounters early in the film are giant versions of Christmas Tree Worms, a marine invertebrate which is commonly kept in reef aquariums.

* The Na'vi language was created entirely from scratch by linguist Paul Frommer, who was hired by James Cameron to construct a language that was easily pronounceable by the actors, but lacking any resemblance or influence from any single human language. Around 1000 words were created.

* Though he is not credited in the film, several of the locations have been identified as looking remarkably similar to paintings by English surrealist Roger Dean, most notably his works "Floating Islands" and "Arches".

* Even though the year the movie takes place is never stated, scenes of Jake Sully recording his video log show that the year is 2154.

* "Unobtainium" is a humorous term used mainly in the aerospace industry. It describes a material that is perfect for an application, but does not exist, is extremely expensive, or violates the laws of physics. Its chemical symbol is Uo. "Unobtainium" is also a general concept term used by sci-fi enthusiasts for any fictional substance that is needed to build a certain device that is crucial to the plot of a sci-fi story. "Unobtainium" is featured in the movie The Core (2003), where the earth-boring vessel called the "Virgil" has a hull made from unobtainium to help it withstand the massive pressures inside the Earth's core. "Unobtainium" is also an anti-gravity element in the online multi-player video game "Skyrates."

* When Sully reassures Mo'at (the shaman) that he is "empty", it may be a reference to his status as a US Marine. The term "jarhead" is applied to Marines partly to imply that their heads are empty. The connotation is mentioned in Jarhead (2005).

* Colonel Quaritch mentions that being on Pandora made him feel "like a shave-tail Looie." "Shave tail" was a term originally used in the 19th century among U.S. cavalry regiments. Newly assigned cavalry troopers were given horses with a shaved tail, to let other troopers know that the rider was dangerously inexperienced, and should be given extra room to maneuver during training. "Looie" is a nickname for lieutenant, the lowest ranking, and least experienced, rank among U.S. Marine Corps officers.

* In the scene where Jake Sully is in prison, his back is to the camera and you can see the back of his wheelchair. The brand of wheelchair he is in is "Grunt," which is another term for a Marine infantryman.

* The concept of a network of trees in which minds of the deceased continue to exist appears in several novels of the "Ender" series by Orson Scott Card, most prominently in "Speaker for the Dead". Just like in the movie, the trees in the novel are sacred to the native (remotely humanoid) inhabitants, who tolerate the presence of a small human colony on their world until cultural misunderstandings lead to conflict.

* In the final battle sequence, Neytiri has a white hand print on her chest as part of her warpaint. It has five fingers, indicating that it is Jake's hand (avatars have five fingers while Na'vi only have four).

* According to James Cameron, the Na'vi are blue to create a conceptual parallel with traditional Hindu depictions of God (e.g., in the forms of Vishnu, Shiva, Rama, Krishna, etc.), but also because "I just like the color blue."


* The movie is 40% live action and 60% photo-realistic CGI. A lot of motion capture technology was used for the CGI scenes.

* The actors playing the Na'vi had cameras attached to their head so that they filmed close-ups of their faces. Dots painted on their faces allowed motion-capture software to record their facial expressions, providing a 'framework' from which the CG artists worked.

* Promotional items were shipped to cinemas under the name "Project 880". The film was shipped in two parts in the UK, first part was reels 1-5 and reels 6-10 came the following day. It was shipped under the codename "Redbird".

* Each frame (1/24 of a second) of the CGI scenes took an average of 47 man-hours to complete.

* One of the most expensive movies ever made (as of December 2009), with an estimated budget of US $280,000,000.

* WETA and ILM have previously worked together on Eragon, Van Helsing, and Contact, making Avatar their fourth collaboration.

International Connection

* The word "Na'vi" in Hebrew means prophet. A Na'vi is a visionary or someone who communicates directly with god. Its pleural "Nevi'im" refers to the prophetic books of the bible including Judges, Kings Isaiah.

* The Thai version of movie translates the word "Marine" into "Navi". (The Thai word for Marine is actually "Na-vig-ga-yo-tin", but to make voice over synced, the translator shortened it to "Navi".) So in Thai, Jake Sully is a "Navi" who becomes a "Na'vi".

* "Ey'wa", the deity of the Na'vi people, is a mixed-up pronunciation of "Yahweh", the God of the Hebrews.

* In Korean, "Na'vi" is spelled like "nabi", the Korean word for "butterfly".

* When Jake Sully is ready to choose a woman, Neytiri tells him about the women in the tribe, starting with "Ninat is a great singer". One of Israel's leading pop singers is called Ninet.

* "Avatar" is Sanskrit for "incarnation". It is used extensively in Hindu scriptures to refer to human incarnations of God.

Box Office

* The biggest opener in the USA for a original film, previously held by The Incredibles (2004).

* Is the highest-grossing film in post-communist Russia. It earned $111 411 877 there and a total of 13,3 million tickets was sold (as of March 2010).

* The film reached the US$500 million dollar mark in 32 days, beating The Dark Knight (2008)'s previous record of 45 days. James Cameron's previous film, Titanic (1997), took 98 days to reach the US$500 million dollar mark.

* The first film to gross $700 million domestically in the United States. James Cameron's previous film Titanic (1997) was the first film to gross $500 and $600 million domestically.

* First movie to ever cross the US$ 2,000,000,000 mark worldwide (and later the US$ 2.5 billion mark), making it the highest grossing film in history.

* Became the highest-grossing film of all time on January 26th, 2010, with a worldwide gross of US$2,550,560,068. The previous record-holder was Titanic (1997), also written and directed by James Cameron, with a worldwide gross of US$1,843,201,268.


* The first movie shot with a 3-D camera to win the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

* First film released in IMAX to later be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

* To help the actors prepare for their roles, director James Cameron took the cast and crew to Hawaii, where they spent their days trekking through the forests and jungles and living like tribes (building campfires, eating fish, etc), in order to get a better sense of what it would be like to live and move around in the jungle on Pandora, since there would not be any actual jungle sets to aid and guide the actors and crew.

Zoe Saldana even dressed up as a warrior during these journeys, complete with an alien tail symbolic of the one her character has in the movie. These hikes were only done during the daytime, though; The cast and crew spent their nights at a Four Seasons hotel.

* James Cameron originally attempted to get this film made in 1999 as his immediate follow-up to Titanic (1997). However, at the time, the special effects he wanted for the movie ran the proposed budget up to $400 million. No studio would fund the film, and it was subsequently shelved for almost ten years.

* Announced on June 14, 2005 in the Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron's untitled "Project 880" is a parallel project being developed alongside Battle Angel (2009). It will use the same digital-3D camera system (developed by Vince Pace) and virtual production studio (developed by Robert Legato) that Cameron will use on Battle Angel.

* Seeing the character of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) convinced James Cameron that CGI effects had progressed enough to make this film.

* The first James Cameron film not to feature any of his "regulars" (Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger).

* The first (and only, as of 2010) science fiction feature film by James Cameron that does not involve or mention nuclear weapons.

* James Cameron's first directorial feature film since Titanic (1997).

* Director Trademark: [James Cameron] [feet] Close-up of Jake's feet when he moves them around in the soil; close-up of Col. Quaritch's feet in his first scene.

* Sigourney Weaver plays a 'James Cameron' persona for her character in 'Avatar'. Sigourney stated in an interview, "I teased him because to me I'm playing Jim Cameron in the movie as this kind of brilliant, approach-driven, idealistic perfectionist. But that same somebody has a great heart underneath. So I have to say I was always kind of channeling him."

* In much of the movie, Sigourney Weaver's avatar is wearing a Stanford shirt. Weaver attended Stanford in the early 1970s.

* This is the first time Sigourney Weaver has appeared in a James Cameron film since Aliens (1986), a gap of twenty-three years.

* Jodie Foster was considered for the role of Dr. Grace Augustine.

* Sam Worthington appeared in Terminator Salvation (2009), the fourth Terminator movie. His appearance in this non-Terminator movie is notable as James Cameron directed The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) as well has having being a writer (creator of characters) on other Terminator franchise video-games and TV episodes.

* According to Sam Worthington, he was invited to the casting via a phone call. Who called told him nothing about the script, nor even told the director's name and Sam was disappointed at first, thinking it was "another waste of time".

* Sam Worthington said in an interview that it was easier for him to master the Na'vi language than the American accent.

* According to the read out and his statement made during the last log entry, Jake's birthday is August 24.

* Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were the studio's first choice to play Jake Sully, but James Cameron decided to cast an unknown Sam Worthington in the lead role.

Six Degrees to Arnold . . . Avatar . . . Avanold!
By SFMZ Webmaster

Here's a six degrees collection we came up with featuring Cameron/Sigourney/Arnold trivia. You may have seen the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to appear in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, a 2010 mega-action film packed with an all star cast of ass kickers including Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and of course, Arnie and Sly.

This got me thinking about the film worlds of Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, and Sigourney Weaver, and how they connect in one way or another. Borrowing from the Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon game, here is some trivia about our trio of stars who made their own marks as ass kickers with Aliens and Terminator. . .

At the time of his acceptance speech for all those Oscars for 'Titanic,' little did we know that James Cameron was actually giving us The Long Goodbye and moved into the 'hood of film documentaries for over a decade. Cameron is now making 'Avatar', his second film with Sigourney Weaver who plays the character Augustine. Arnold, who has appeared in three of Cameron's films, played a small role in only his second film as a hood along with actor Mark Rydell, who plays the character Augustine in the 1973 movie 'The Long Goodbye.'

Synchronized Beginnings

Sigourney and Arnold both began their acting careers in 1970. Arnold's very first role was for a feature film with the geographically labeled title 'Hercules in New York'. Sigourney's very first role was in television with the geographically labeled title 'Somerset' (Illinois). Inspired by '2001: A Space Odyssey,' the young Cameron began experimenting in film with his 16mm camera in 1970. In 2001, Arnold was filming the 2002 movie 'The 6th Day' playing a character named Adam, and Eve is the character Sigourney was playing while working on the 2002 movie 'Tadpole.'

In 1978 (the same year Avatar's Zoe Saldana & Michelle Rodriguez were born), Cameron had written and directed his first film, the low budget short 'Xenogenesis.' Also in 1978, Sigourney was working on her first film as the leading role (her first appearance in film was 'Annie Hall,' but it was a small role) for Ridley Scott's 'Alien,' battling an alien called a Xenomorph. Sigourney and Cameron's union began with the sequel to 'Alien,' the 1986 sci-fi action mega-hit 'Aliens.' In 1986, Arnold was filming a sci-fi action movie battling an alien in 'Predator,' released in 1987.

Joe, Josef, Joseph, Ellen, Ellen, Helen

Arnold has played characters named Joe (Stay Hungry, 1976 - the same year Avatar's Sam Worthington was born), Josef (The Streets of San Fransico, 1977 - the same year Avatar's Joel Moore was born), and Joseph (Raw Deal, 1986 - the same year Avatar's Stephen Lang played Joe in 'Band of the Hand').

Sigourney has played characters named Ellen (Aliens, 1986), Ellen (Dave, 1993 - the same year Avatar's Giovanni Ribisi played the character Joey Burke in 'The Commish'), and Helen (Copycat, 1995 - the same year Avatar's Wes Studi was working on the 1996 film 'The Killing Jar' as the character Cameron).

James Cameron has a daughter named Josephine. When Cameron was trying to break into the film industry, horror master Roger Corman gave him and Joe Dante a break by hiring them for his projects. Cameron has paid it forward to other upstarts by giving them a chance such as Tom Arnold for his first feature film break.

Royal Titles

In his Oscar speech, Cameron expressed with pride that he is 'King of the World.' He was also the designer for the Alien Queen in Aliens (1986). Sigourney portrayed Queen Isabella I in '1492: Conquest of Paradise' (1992) and narrated the 'The Snow Queen' (1992). Arnold played Prince Hapi in 'Around the World in 80 Days' (2004).

I suppose I have abused this game enough for now, but there are countless other tie-ins to be uncovered. If you can think of any clever connections regarding our star threesome mentioned above or any others related to Avatar for that matter, contact us and we will be happy to add them along with your credit.

Avatar Day Trivia: August 21 in History
A trip thru time along with word connections
By T. F. Powell

August 2009 - Here's a trivia game focused on the theme of Avatar Day. Throughout history, August 21st has had it's share of momentous events.

Did you know that the astronomy observatory Copernicus was launched on August 21st, 1972? Or how about, on that same date the Gemini 5 was launched in 1965?

Searching through history's archives, we have collected events and historical milestones that landed on the date of August 21.

We have highlighted in green a few word plays connected to Avatar. See if you can make the Avatar connection . . .

August 21 in History:

1996 - Netscape Browser 3.0 is released
1995 - U.S. marshals move in on Randy Weaver's cabin in Idaho
1993 - NASA loses contact with Mars Observer
1989 - Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
1987 - Clayton Lonetree, 1st marine court-martialed for spying, convicted
1986 - Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v New Zealand, The Oval)
1986 - Lake Nios Volcano in Cameroon kills 1,746
1986 - Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials
1974 - Gerald Ford nominated Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President following Nixon's resignation.
1972 - U.S. orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched
1970 - Death: Timothy Mather Spellman, composer, dies at 79
1968 - Marine James Anderson, Jr. is 1st black Medal of Honor winner
1965 - Gemini 5 launched into Earth orbit (2 astronauts)
1959 - Hawaii becomes 50th U.S. state
1932 - Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons
1914 - Belgium: German troopers occupy Tamines
1858 - The famous debates between Senator Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln began in Illinois.
1836 - Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (b. 1785)
1789 - Birthday: Augustine-Louis, Baron Cauchy, French mathematician
1770 - James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.


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