Shutter Island Writer Talks About Working with Avatar Director James Cameron

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Haven't heard of Laeta Kalogridis? Well, you should. Can't pronounce her name? Well, that's not surprising.

What's surprising is that Kalogridis has worked on many high profile films over the years as a screenwriter, and has collaborated with the best of the best, yet, as a screenwriter, her name is not as widely recognized as it should be.

Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels
Zoe Saldana as Neytiri

Kalogridis recently spoke to about her experience working with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio to bring Dennis Lehane's novel Shutter Island to the big screen. But the most interesting part of the interview comes when she talks about working with Cameron and explains her thoughts on the Avatar's popularity.

Here's an excerpt:

"The weird thing about working with Jim is you become so submerged, so to speak, in the world, you become so obsessed with it, and this is going to sound really silly, part of you can't imagine that everybody else will not be as obsessed as you are with it when they finally get to see it. Part of you is like, "Oh my God, this is the most wonderful world to visit," I mean, to a point where it gets to your detriment where you're watching the four-hour cut and you're like, "This is great!" You're thinking, "I want to stay here for four hours!" which is not really realistic."

"Simultaneously, part of you is thinking, "I feel this way because I'm too close. I'm too close, I'm too close, I'm too close. I'm too invested in every little detail. I care too much about the characters." I think the only person who doesn't second guess himself is Jim. Jim is the one who frankly can keep the boat on course while everyone around him... you follow him like the General that he is, because you believe in him. I would be truthful in saying that I believed in Jim more than I believed in the movie, just because he's a very inspirational figure and person for me. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that I was totally obsessed and will continue to be obsessed with that damn planet."

Check out Kalogridis' work by taking a gander at our Shutter Island pictures collection and perusing our Avatar quotes section!

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