At a press event for the home entertainment launch of Avatar in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Cameron let rip when asked about Beck:
“Glenn Beck is a f***ing a**hole. I’ve met him. He called me the anti-Christ, and not about Avatar. He hadn’t even seen Avatar yet. I don’t know if he has seen it.”
The Hollywood Reporter has noted that Cameron’s beef with Beck goes back to 2007 when the talk show host was working for CNN and criticised the Cameron-produced documentary ‘The Lost Tomb of Jesus‘ by saying:
“Many people believe James Cameron officially has tossed his hat in the ring today and is officially running for anti-Christ.”
“He’s dangerous because his ideas are poisonous. I couldn’t believe when he was on CNN. I thought, what happened to CNN? Who is this guy? Who is this madman? And then of course he wound up on Fox News, which is where he belongs, I guess.”
He later backtracked a little saying:
“You know what, he may or may not be an a**hole, but he certainly is dangerous, and I’d love to have a dialogue with him.”
Interestingly, both men have made a lot of money for Rupert Murdoch as Avatar was mostly funded and released by 20th Century Fox whilst Beck is one of the stars of Fox News.
In the same session Cameron also attacked climate change deniers:
“Anybody that is a global warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their ass I’m not sure they could hear me.”
The environmental themes of Avatar are forming a big part of its home video release, a point which Cameron was keen to emphasise:
“Look, at this point I’m less interested in making money for the movie and more interested in saving the world that my children are going to inhabit. How about that? I mean, look, I didn’t make this movie with these strong environmental anti-war themes in it to make friends on the right, you know.”
The DVD and Blu-ray release date for Avatar is April 22nd, which is also Earth Day.