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'Avatar' Director Suggested Russians for Oil Spill

"Avatar" director James Cameron suggested using Russian deep-sea manned vehicles, Mirs, to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but BP's management refused it, a Russian oceanologist told RIA-Novosti on Thursday.

Cameron, who employed the Mirs when working on his movie “Titanic,” spent a month discussing the idea of using the vehicles with the Oceanology Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said Anatoly Sagalevich, a senior researcher at the institute.

BP refused the proposal because “we're Russians, and it would be a shock for Americans if we went and fixed something in the Gulf of Mexico with our Mirs,” Sagalevich said.

BP is still unable to stop the oil spill caused by an explosion and the sinking of its Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 22. On Wednesday, Cameron called representatives of the company “morons” who “don't know what they're doing.”

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