Belfast Telegraph

Cameron set for underwater birthday

James Cameron is planning to celebrate his birthday underwater.

The Avatar director says he will be deep beneath Russia's Lake Baikal on his 56th birthday.

Cameron will be in a submersible about 5,200 feet from the surface of the world's oldest and deepest freshwater lake - "unless it's bad weather, in which case I'll be getting drunk with the Russian crew in the port".

A longtime ocean enthusiast, the filmmaker has other underwater projects in the works.

He says he is building a submarine in Australia that will take him 36,000 feet underwater. He is also developing an upgraded 3D underwater camera and has plans for an underwater feature film that he said he might make before taking on an Avatar sequel.

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