James Cameron and Oprah
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One of the film's main messages is the connection between man and the environment. "I've always loved nature. Even as a kid, I was always tromping around in the woods behind my house collecting frogs and stuff," he says. "When I became a scuba diver, I really realized how great nature's imagination is. This film was an attempt to kind of bottle that."

To bring this lush world to life, Cameron hired a botanist to create, design and name every single plant. Since making the film, Cameron says his appreciation for nature has only grown. "I look at trees differently now. I'll look at a tree and say, 'Wow, that's a beautiful tree.' I would never have said that before," he says.

FROM: Avatar's Billion-Dollar Man, James Cameron, and Lady Gaga
Published on January 15, 2010

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