Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 4:32PM
I've seen the Avatar trailer, and if this is really what James Cameron wanted, then he failed. Because - and I don't know how else to say this - I don't want to have sex with the blue chick.
Concept artist Jordu Schell is responsible for the final look of the Na'Vi and he explained to io9 exactly what The King of the World wanted that look to convey. "Well, he wanted them to be very beautiful. And I do believe that, at some point, he said something to the effect of...the audience has to want to fuck her," said Schell.
"I mean, Jim is very plain in his language." Indeed.
"So I made something that, I don't know if I really particularly wanted to fuck it," the artist continued, "but it was certainly a beautiful alien."
Maybe Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) comes across more sexily in 3-D, but to me she kind of has a weird, bluish Jocelyn Wildenstein vibe. I certainly wasn't all Jessica Rabbit about her. But it worked for Cameron, who Schell admits has a type.
"He definitely wanted it — because he really prefers women that are kind of athletic, and buff and stuff like that, so I, you know, designed something with big hands and feet, a big presence that felt really big and strong."But if were left up to the artist, Neytiri would have a whole different look. "I mean, I would have sculpted, I don't know, Gretchen Mol or something." All kidding aside, that really is a great article over at io9, and it's not the sort of coverage you normally see. We did something similar when we interviewed Benjamin Button effects supervisor Eric Barba on Oscar weekend, and it's really enlightening to get that kind of perspective from time to time.