No matter the reason why each actor needed to hold their breath so long, both feats are incredibly impressive and indicate such a dedication to their craft that both actors have. Moreover, the tasks suggests a very healthy working relationship between actor and director. Avatar 2 marks the reunion of Cameron and Winslet after she appeared in Titanic over 20 years earlier.
According to revealed plot details, Avatar 2 is set to continue the story of Jake Scully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) as they travel across Pandora’s oceans and come face-to-face with the sea-dwelling clan called the Metkayina, where they meet a Na’vi named Ronal, played by Winslet. Winslet shared more details about the sequence and how she overcame difficulties while filming it:
“I was walking on the bottom of the tank. That’s a big ceremonial sequence with those huge heavy wings. That was quite scary. The thing is, when you can hold your breath for seven minutes, you become unafraid. Actually, strangely, I was able to rely on my own ability to hold my breath for that long. Somehow I was not afraid, at all.”
It’s clear that between Winslet and Cameron and Cruise and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation helmer Christopher McQuarrie, both directors have tremendous trust in and respect for their stars and vice versa. The long-awaited Avatar 2 is set to release at the end of 2022, a whole 13 years after the first film. And based on all this information, it’s clear that Cameron is asking for his actors’ complete commitment to their roles, and Winslet is completely prepared to meet those expectations.