James Cameron is 55 years old and has been married five times. At this year’s Oscars, he’ll be competing against wife numero three, Kathryn Bigelow, for the honor of Best Director—he for “Avatar” and she for “The Hurt Locker.” James and Kathryn say they are still the best of friends and that the competition is purely friendly. But the same cannot be said of wife #4, actress Linda Hamilton, whom James met while filming “The Terminator.” Linda sat down with The Daily Mail this week to talk about her new movie, “Holy Water.” Only she got in one quote about the movie, and spent the other 95 percent of the interview dishing about the relationship between herself and Cameron, and his other ex-wives. Frankly, it all kind of sounds like an episode of “Big Love.” Linda and James clashed severely during the making of the first “Terminator” movie.
“We did not particularly like each other or get along. I am probably the only actress in the history of James Cameron to have stood up to him,” Linda said. “Oh my god, he made me so mad. He tried to calm me down, apologized, gave me a bottle of Champagne and got me back on set. Then he told the crew that he’d made me work up that rage to get a better performance from me. Bull! So the apology didn’t mean a thing. I thought: ‘You creep!’”
The two didn’t get warm and fuzzy with each other until midway through “Terminator 2.” By the time James started working on “Titanic,” he and Linda were together, but on the rocks. And he fell for actress Suzy Amis, who had a bit part in the film, and left Linda for her. Only a few months later, he changed his mind and married Linda. At the Academy Awards that year, after James won 11 Oscars for “Titanic,” a journalist asked Linda if success had changed him. She famously replied, “‘He was always a jerk, so there is no way to tell.” Shortly after, he went back to Amis. They’ve been together for the past 11 years, and they’ve had three kids together.
But Linda claims she’s now exactly where she wants to be.
“It’s interesting because while he was making ‘Titanic,’ Suzy at that time was the gargoyle on the end of my bed, waiting to swoop in. Now I’m the gargoyle on her bed because for Jim, the one who doesn’t end up with him is always the one he wants. I’m the one who got away, and she has to live with that.”
Oooo-kay. Also, apparently James and all his ex-wives and their children get together for Christmas at Linda’s pad in Malibu?
So who are the first two wives in this equation? Sharon Williams, who James met when he was an 18-year-old truck driver and she was a waitress at a trucker bar. They were married for 12 years, until he started to make it in Hollywood and left her for “Terminator” producer Gale Anne Hurd. A few years later, James met Kathryn Bigelow when he was checking out an actor on one of her sets and ended up marrying her. A year later, he’d left her for Linda.
I’ve heard of powerful men who know exactly what they want in business not knowing what they want in love, but this just sounds kind of ridiculous. [Daily Mail]