Waiting to Exhale: Avatar Proves Kate Winslet is Better Than Tom Cruise

Waiting to Exhale: Avatar Proves Kate Winslet is Better Than Tom Cruise

Source: TSG Entertainment/20th Century Studios

For most cinephiles, ever since Titanic, Kate Winslet has been among the higher echelon of actors — male or female. Personally, if I checked my voicemail and that sultry British voice was on the line, I’d strongly consider calling her back.

She is freakishly versatile and talented, above average in the looks department (anyone sense sarcasm there), and is a role model of how to life your best life when not in front of the camera.

Most recently, Kate Winslet has been busy with James Cameron (again) with the long-awaited sequel, Avatar 2. This makes her reunion with the legendary director — their first project since Titanic in 1997.

Following the surprising onslaught at the box office earning $2.7 billion and becoming the highest grossing movie of all time (before Avengers: Endgame), Avatar became a landfill of crickets. It’s been 12 years and news of the sequel is finally picking up. Briefly, here’s what we know so far:

  • Release date: December 16, 2022 (yes, COVID got in the way)
  • All titles are subject to change, but so far James Cameron has offered these for Avatars 2-5: Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa
  • The core cast is all returning — Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang
  • Newcomers are Cliff Curtis and the aforementioned Winslet

And there’s this, which is why this Tom Cruise bash article is newsworthy. (Pay attention to the “fun fact” in the official Avatar tweet.)

Kate Winslet: The Way of Water

James Cameron is no stranger to working under water. From Titanic sinking in the Atlantic to The Abyss exploration in the Pacific, the depths of a tank is like a second home to the guy.

So, when news broke that Kate Winslet performed some amazing feat underwater on the set of Avatar 2, it shouldn’t have been a shocking surprise. But this news? Yeah, I’m gasping for air only thinking about it.

In a riveting article from THR, Kate Winslet discusses several things about her life, career, and future in her craft. And then she dropped a bombshell to show just how badass this woman really is.

“I had to learn how to free-dive to play that role in Avatar, and that was just incredible. My longest breath hold was seven minutes and 14 seconds, like crazy, crazy stuff.”

She stops herself, afraid that she’s given away too much on the top-secret project. “Oh no, actually, I can’t. Yeah, I play a water person. I am a water person,” is all she will offer, instead shifting to praise of Cameron.

Kate Winslet, THR, Nov. 2020

I’m sorry. You did what?!

A 40-something mother of three just held her breath underwater for more than seven minutes, all while acting. That’s commitment to your craft. And a kick to Tom Cruise’s ass.

Credit: David James/Skydance Pictures/Paramount

Back in 2015, Tom Cruise set the record for underwater acting and holding your breath on the set of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

In the Christopher McQuarrie film, the guy with a death wish held his breath for a few seconds over six minutes in a whirlpool.

Fast forward to Pandora and the Tipani Hometree, Kate Winslet held her breath for 74 seconds longer. You try that. Take that, Captain Scientology! And to make it even more bizarre, Winslet had no clue she was underwater than long.

“It’s so funny because I don’t really read reviews or media things. I’m not on Instagram, like I’m just completely disconnected from that part of my life. So all of this week and the week before, I’ve had people coming up to me at work saying, ‘Oh my God, like seven minutes and 14 seconds? Like, what?!’ And I’m going, ‘What? Hang on, wait a minute. How do you know that?’”

Kate Winslet, THR, Nov. 2020

Watch Winslet beat Tom Cruise’s ass and shatter his wimpy record…eh, in the Avatar sequel in December 2022.


All Images Credit: Mark Fellman/TSG Entertainment
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