He didn’t just throw foam, though. Worthington said that when Cameron thought it wasn’t working, he would tell them he’d “throw debris at you and … hit you with a big rubber stick.” One could argue that you are no longer acting if you’re actually being hit by a stick, but whatever works.
He continued, mentioning the new tech at the time that allowed you to see the virtual world during playback. That’s something we take for granted now in films, but in 2009, no one had done it before. Worthington said, “So as you run past him, he’d belt you with a stick and I’ll go flying across the room, but when you watch it back and there’s an explosion and my blue alien goes flying, it looks like we’ve been blown up on a real set.”
The tech for “Avatar” was groundbreaking back then, and we’re really close to seeing what’s next with the upcoming sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water.” Here is the synopsis:
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the film stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement and Kate Winslet.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” will hit theaters on December 16, 2022.