Government Wants James Cameron's Help With Oil Spill

Well, he did once make a movie about a boat...
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 2, 2010 8:56 AM CDT
Film director James Cameron answers reporters' question after he delivered a speech at the Seoul Digital Forum in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – The top kill didn't work, so the government apparently figured, what the heck, let's call James Cameron! Yes, James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame is among the experts who met yesterday to brainstorm ways to stop the BP oil leak...because apparently, as Matthew Daly writes for the AP, "Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies."

"It looks like we've officially hit the 'just throw shit at the wall and see what sticks' phase of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon leak," writes Max Read on Gawker, who wonders "what is Cameron an 'expert' in, exactly, besides 'writing and directing incredibly embarrassing movies that are inexplicably successful?'"—but he relents a bit, eventually. "OK, OK, so James Cameron is a big-time expert in 'making stuff work underwater, especially when it's, like, really deep,' and really, can he do worse than BP already has?"

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