BP Can't Stop the Massive Oil Leak - Can Hollywood?


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BP's attempts to stop the gushing oil geyser it unleashed upon the Gulf of Mexico have only sounded like Hollywood plot contrivances: Lower a giant 'top hat' over the leak! Let's go for operation: 'top kill" to blast the thing shut. Or how about a giant 'junk shot' to plug it with garbage. So if BP execs' plans to halt the oil flow were the stuff of B-movies, what would real Hollywood honchos do given the chance? We already know that Kevin Costner would use an "Ocean Therapy" machine to clean the spill. So what about Avatar director James Cameron, who's recently been in talks with the federal government on assisting the cleanup effort?Mother Jones reports:

As hopes of a Hollywood ending to the BP oil disaster have all but faded, AP reports that Avatar director James Cameron has met with federal officials to offer his help in terminating the leak. No, he's not proposing a junk shot of useless Avatar merchandise. Rather, according to the UK Telegraph, Cameron has offered BP use of some of his private submersibles, big toys inspired by his big-budget bathtub epics The Abyss and Titantic.
That's right -- James Cameron is being tapped by the federal government for advice on how to stop the biggest environmental disaster in US history. There's got to be some ironic connection in there, seeing as how the man also just made an environmentally-themed film the biggest movie in the world -- right?

Okay, maybe not. The feds are evidently most interested in his expertise of operating robots and equipment at great depths; hence the submersibles. According to the Washington Post,

Federal officials are hoping film director James Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The "Avatar" and "Titanic" director was among a group of scientists and other experts who met Tuesday with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak. The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies.

Well, it will be interesting to see what he comes up with -- and thanks to BP, nothing he suggests will likely sound crazier than what's already on the table (Robots with diamond-tipped saws, anyone?).

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