Sigourney Weaver says it’s “impressive” to know that Avatar: The Way Of Water is giving the Ukrainian people “rest” during the ongoing conflict with Russia.
The Hollywood actor, who starred in James Cameron’s blockbuster sequel, said that his reason for being in the entertainment business was to provide people with “that kind of escape.”
James Cameron announced that the film is fast approaching to become the number one film distributed in Ukraine’s history.
“This means that when the missiles stop and power is restored, people will go to movie theaters in Ukraine,” said the director, speaking at a ceremony to commemorate him and Jon Landau in Los Angeles on Thursday.
“And they’re watching a movie with beauty and hope, a movie where a bunch of high-tech villains invade you and the daredevil underdogs fight back and win.
“It means something to them (and)… it’s so wonderful that our movie is touching hearts and giving hope in Ukraine right now.”
“That made everything worthwhile for me, not the money, not the rewards, that’s it.”
This comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky guest-starred at the 80th annual Golden Globe awards on Tuesday.
In a video message, he told viewers that it was “clear” that “the tide was changing” in the ongoing war in his country and that Ukraine would be victorious in this fight.
Speaking to the PA news agency after Thursday’s incident, Weaver praised the bravery of those involved in the conflict.
“The idea of what they’re going through and all the danger of it and all the incredible pressure they’re under is so touching,” he told the PA.
“Above all, they will have the courage to go to a working movie theater and at the same time show this film about a family that is uprooted and attacked.
“The idea that we provided this respite after the war and all the hardships… So obviously we are in this business. To give people that kind of escape.
Avatar co-star Stephen Lang said that if the movie can provide a “therapeutic” experience for people, then it “does well.”
“The escapist nature of cinema is central, that’s why people go into the dark and sit with strangers in this intimate setting,” he told PA.
“To be delivered to a different place and a different time in a story.
“God knows, if you’re going through a trauma, then the idea of being able to put that trauma aside for a while is important, it’s therapeutic.
“But on top of that, the movie itself really has a direct bearing on the lives and trials that the Ukrainian people are going through right now.
“And if it helps them in some way, if it gives them a sense of solidarity, if they breathe a little more freely, then the movie is doing well in its own way.”