Avatar director James Cameron was summoned to Washington yesterday to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on innovative ways to cap the massive, ever-worsening BP oil spill, according to the AFP.
AFP said Cameron attended the meeting with a Canadian submersible researcher, who built the submarines used on his 1989 movie The Abyss. But it doesn’t say exactly what real experience Cameron has with oil rigs, environmental cleanup, or anything else that qualifies him to figure out the many complicated technical issues that have stumped an entire industry. But hey, he did direct Titanic, which has something to do with water. Plus Avatar was, like, totally sweet. So he’s got that going for him.
Seriously, though, if the government is so out of ideas that they’re turning to an action movie director, we’re all in big trouble. It sounds disturbingly similar to the South Park episode Imaginationland, in which the Pentagon consults with directors Michael Bay, M. Night Shyamalan, and Mel Gibson to help them counter a terrorist threat. Hopefully the EPA’s meeting with Cameron went better than this: