James Cameron shares ‘Terminator’ memories at Hero Complex Film Festival

Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles Times

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Revolutionary filmmaker James Cameron is one of the most venerated directors working in Hollywood today. But three decades ago, his life was very different. He was earning a living painting one sheets for B-grade movies and using McDonald’s coupons his mother sent to him to eat regular meals.

It was during that time that he wrote the script for the film that would transform his career.

Los Angeles Times reporter Rebecca Keegan interviews writer/director James Cameron during the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood on May 31, 2014. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times) Rebecca Keegan interviews writer/director James Cameron during the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

“I  was a sad, dark, isolated human being,” Cameron recalled during an interview onstage at the 5th annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood on Saturday, following a screening of 1984’s “The Terminator.” “There was an innocence to it in a funny way. I was the anonymous, angry wannabe filmmaker, and I think there’s some courage to say whatever…

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