Oh, yeah, we thought it was a joke when Michael Bay asked Bruce Willis to fly up into space and nuke an asteroid heading straight for us, but this is the real deal. Via the Washington Post:
“Avatar” and “Titanic” director James Cameron on Wednesday evening criticized those responsible for stopping the geyser of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and again offered the assistance of the private team of deep-sea experts with whom which he has worked on several underwater films and exploration efforts.
“Wait a minute, I know a lot of smart people in deep submergence,” Cameron said he thought as the Gulf crisis deepened. “Why don’t I just get all these people that I know together for a brainstorming session?”
Cameron told the audience that on Tuesday he had gathered 23 people — a “who’s who” of the deep sea robotics community — together through the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, though no one from the EPA attended the meeting at the agency’s headquarters.
Four other federal agencies also took part in the “listening session,” a spokesperson for the EPA said, including the Department of Energy, the United States Coast Guard, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Actually, wait a sec — maybe Cameron is on to something here:
Cameron said he has not been in touch with anyone from the White House, and that earlier proffers of assistance he had made to BP were rebuffed.
“They could not have been more gracious but they basically said, ‘We’ve got this,'” he said.
Cameron said one reason he hoped his offer of access to private film-equipped deep-water vehicles would be taken up was to more accurately convey what was happening under water.
“The government really needs to have its own independent ability to go down there and image the site, survey the site and do its own investigation and monitor it,” Cameron said. “Because if you’re not monitoring it independently, you’re asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene.”
If James Cameron can’t fix the BP oil spill, to whom shall we turn next? Perhaps instead of the nuclear option, Tony Stark could seal the leak with that laser ray thingie he shoots out of the palm of the Iron Man suit? Maybe we could just plug the busted pipe with the bloated ego of Simon Cowell? (Hollywood.com has a few more ideas…) What’s the Hollywood ending of this disaster? And please make me laugh here, because I’m looking at pictures of oil-covered birds, and I’m about to lose it…
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