Titanic Team: The governator is expected to show up at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to honor the maker of The Terminator on February 6. They’re buddies. In fact, there’s speculation that after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of The Terminator, leaves office, he might reunite professionally with the man who directed him in the film, James Cameron.

It isn’t official yet, but according to festival sources, Schwarzenegger will present Cameron the Film Festival’s highest honor, The Lucky Brand Modern Master Award, on the Arlington Theatre stage February 6. Cameron’s new sci-fi film, Avatar, has outperformed his own Titanic to become the greatest grossing film ever, numbers from distributor 20th Century Fox reveal. In six weeks, Avatar has grossed $1.859 billion, against Titanic’s $1.843.

James Cameron in Santa Barbara to receive the S.B.I.F.F. Attenborough Award in 2006
Paul Wellman (file)

Cameron has been quoted as saying that “It’s a possibility” that he and Schwarzenegger might team up again. “We haven’t talked about anything specific. And I’m not sure he’s even interested in coming back to acting, but I have got a suspicion he wants to. But only if he can come back as a movie star.

“I think he did as good a job as is humanly possible to do given a screwed-up situation. I don’t think people are going to realize what a good job he’s doing until he’s not doing it any more.”

Schwarzenegger praised Oscar-winning Cameron when the filmmaker was honored with the 2,396th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December.


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