Govinda says he turned down a role in James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

Bollywood actor says he suggested name to James Cameron

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Bollywood actor Govinda said that he turned down a role in director James Cameron’s super-hit movie ‘Avatar’ when he was approached for a role in the film.

In an exclusive interview with India TV, Govinda claimed that he suggested the title of the film to Cameron, the director of Titanic, Terminator and Avatar. He also said that he turned down the film because he was asked to shoot for 410 days with paint on his body.

“I gave the title of the film (Avatar). It turned out to be a super hit film. I had informed him (James Cameron, the director of Avatar) that the film will do really well. I told him that I feel it will take seven years for him to complete the film. He got angry. When I said so, he asked, How can you be so sure that I won’t be able to make Avatar for seven years?’ I told him that what he was imagining was something almost impossible. That he has named his film ‘Avatar’, but he is showing aliens,” he said.

It’s pertinent to mention here that Govinda shot for a Bollywood movie named ‘Avatar’ in 2012. The movie was touted as Govinda’s comeback film. It starred Sunny Deol and was being helmed by Pahlaj Nihalani. However, the movie never saw the light of day.

When it was released, Cameron’s Avatar broke box office records worldwide. The sequel to the Hollywood flick will release in 2012.