By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
As you might have heard, Avatar has got a lot of love story. While I first thought this love story would be more like Ripley-meet-Hicks from Aliens, it turns out that there is a bit more romance in this James Cameron installment. The trick here, however, is that we need to see a human fall for an alien; so this alien better be hot.
And so here we have it. The best photo to date, which is also a poster, of Zoe Saldana's character Neytiri. Hot, in blue sort of way. As it turns out, James Cameron had to battle a bit with Fox on keeping his aliens, the Na'Vi, alien looking. While talking with io9, he had this to say:
How do you think people are going to react to Avatar?
[People] Better be ready to go blue, I guess. We spent a lot of time on the character design and we based it on the actors. We found out in our very early testing - and this is going back almost four years - that the closer the face was to the actor playing the character, the better the performance translated. In other words, it didn't have to be interpreted by too much animation. So when we actually cast this film, we were looking at [the actors] and making sure that it was a face that we wanted. In other words, we originally had this conceived (as): this is the character, it doesn't have to look like the actor, but that didn't turn out to be the case.
Let's say in the case of Zoe, for example. In theory, she doesn't appear in the film. But we wanted the character to be based on her - on her, the way her mouth an face and eyes look. Then we just kinda stretched... Her eyes are four times the size of the human eyeball, they're huge. But we knew that being driven by the performance that she did, it was still her heart and soul, which was the critical thing. I think after the first few minutes, you forget that they're blue.