Instead of coating actor Zoe Saldana"s, who played blue-skinned alien Neytiri of the fictional Na"vi race, skin in blue make-up, Cameron made him and all the other alien actors wear high-tech motion caption suits to record their movements and turned them into digital animation. The cost of making the film was 260 million dollars.
“Here"s the thing: if it had been in live action, she would have been in blue make-up and it would not have had the power. Her eyes would not have been those eyes," The Age quoted Cameron as saying.
“The blue make-up would have looked terrible. I know – every time I go to a convention where someone decides they"re going to be a Na"vi, I"m reminded why we didn"t do it," he added.
Fellow director Steven Spielberg is also glad that Cameron didn"t go for a more natural look. Spielberg said he loved Avatar, but thinks the actors would have looked terrible if Cameron had used cosmetics instead of animation.
“You get that on TV: The Blue Man Group. It"s spray paint, it"s not organic. It"s Ben Stiller at the Oscars. That"s about as good as it gets," Spielberg told Empire magazine.