James Cameron has been caught flipping the bird at fans who booed him for not signing autographs.
After the famed director attended a screening of his new film, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” in Los Angeles Saturday, he refused to stop for a crowd of autograph-seeking fans at the WGA building.
Cameron, 68, powered past the group of people asking him to sign their items, which caused the crowd to turn on him and shout.
“F–k ‘Avatar,’” one person yelled, as Cameron was escorted into a black car.
As the jeering continued, the “Titanic” filmmaker slightly rolled down his tinted window to reveal his middle finger.
Fans were divided over the interaction, with some calling him a “jerk” and “annoying.” Others dubbed him “a legend” and argued that the people booing him weren’t real fans.
“They were fake fans ready to resell autographed stuff 100%. The embarrassing way they reacted to his refusal proves that. Jim was right for ignoring them let’s be serious,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Another chimed in, “How in the hell was he wrong here ? He has full rights to not give autographs. Yet who are these so called entitled fans who think it’s ok to Boo him if he doesn’t give an autograph ? Are they really his fan then ? Or are they going to sell his autograph and are just angry on him.”
Other commenters said they weren’t surprised by the filmmaker’s actions.
“Honestly, everytime I see something about James Cameron online is either something about him being a narcissist or a bad person in general still, people defend his actions because he makes great movies,” one Twitter user wrote.
Cameron recently revealed that his long-awaited “Avatar” sequel was rooted in his personal struggles.
“I thought, ‘I’m going to work out a lot of my stuff, artistically, that I’ve gone through as a parent of five kids,’” Cameron told the Hollywood Reporter last week.
“The overarching idea is, the family is the fortress. It’s our greatest weakness and our greatest strength. I thought, ‘I can write the hell out of this. I know what it is to be the a–hole dad.’”
Cameron’s current partner, Suzy Amis Cameron, is his fifth wife. The couple have three teenage daughters, and adopted a fourth child in 2020. The Oscar winner also shares a 29-year-old daughter with his ex-wife, Linda Hamilton.
His latest movie, which cost more than $350 million to make, marks the highly anticipated follow-up to the original “Avatar,” which was released in 2009.