It is not so rare to see director James Cameron making cameos in series like ‘Mad About You’ or ‘Entourage (The entourage)’, movies like ‘A duo’, ‘The Muse’ or ‘Titanic’ itself (1997), in the one that appeared dancing, but what some do not know is that the director’s voiceAvatar: The Water Sense‘ can be heard on many of his classics.
A guide to sound cameos from the king of the world
YouTube user Ambrose Heron compiled in a YouTube video many of the moments in which Cameron has participated in his own filmography through his voice. Although there are some contributions that are not confirmed, such as ‘Terminator’ (1984), in which some have speculated that he isHe voices the guy who leaves a message on the answering machine for Sarah Connor, canceling her date night..
But while he might be the one putting on the accent, it seems more likely that he’s the motel clerk later in the film recording Sarah and Kyle Reese as they run from the killer cyborg. At a Terminator promotional event in 1991, Cameron did admit that he provided some of the sounds for the Alien Queen. in ‘Aliens: The Return’ (1986), and dubbed them at his home, near Pinewood Studios.
Near the beginning of ‘Abyss’ (1989), the tradition of giving a voice to a pilot began, since we can hear him ask permission to land a helicopter on the ship Benthic Explorer as he leaves the Navy SEAL team. However, in ‘Terminator 2’ (1991) he returned to voice the villains, providing the screams of the T-1000 as it mixes with the molten steel towards the end of the film. It must be pretty funny imagining the ‘Titanic’ director making those guttural noises in his little studio.
From alien queen to Harrier pilot
It was with ‘Risked Lies’ (1994) when he returned to give voice to pilots, here as one of the Marine Harrier firing on the terrorist convoy on the highway bridge. With ‘Titanic’ (1997), her voice cameo is very faded, a weak voice sounds on the deck asking a fellow traveler about ‘talking about an iceberg’, although she also appears in the background of a couple of scenes.
Finally, in ‘Avatar’ (2009) he “dressed” him as a pilot again, since he can be heard on the radio as the Quaritch forces begin their attack on Hometree. Unlike Hitchock, whose visual cameos are game-like, Cameron has always preferred to be in the background, plus it’s easier to dub some dialogue in post-production.