The Making of 'The Abyss'
|'The Abyss' with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ed Harris|
|Kimberly Scott (One-Night) in 'The Abyss'|
You can watch all six segments of 'Under Pressure: Making the Abyss' 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Excluding the documentary, Harris has publicly refused to comment about his experiences during 'The Abyss.'
Mastrantonio has been quoted as saying,
"The Abyss was a lot of things. Fun to make was not one of them."Michael Biehn complained that he only had three to four weeks of screen work, but spent five months on the set. Biehn remembered shooting an underwater scene when,
"...suddenly the lights went out. It was so black I couldn't see my hand. I couldn't surface. I realized I might not get out of there."Cameron himself said that,
"...he knew this was going to be a hard shoot, but even I had no idea just how hard. I don't ever want to go through this again."It didn't help that Cameron wasn't incredibly sympathetic to the actors. In response to the actors complaints Cameron said,
"For every hour they spent trying to figure out what magazine to read, we spent an hour at the bottom of the tank breathing compressed air."In all fairness to Cameron, another actor Leo Burmester, who played Catfish De Vires or Cat, defended Cameron saying,
"Shooting 'The Abyss' has been the hardest thing I've ever done. Jim Cameron is the type of director who pushes you to the edge, but he doesn't make you do anything he wouldn't do himself."
|Cast of 'The Abyss'|
Despite the production problems and the discord, it's hard not to be impressed with the work that went into making this film. Cameron is a brilliant filmmaker. Most of Cameron's films are technical marvels and 'The Abyss' is no exception. Cameron has been a maverick in the use of computer generated imagery (CGI). Cameron created 'The Abyss' in 1989 and for its time, the effects were cutting edge and still stand the test of time. In CGI terms, 1989 was a long time ago. Cameron's 1989 CGI is still better than some films I've seen in the 2000s. Does anyone remember the 'Catwoman' jewelry heist scene when Catworman is bouncing off the walls. Yeah that was bad. 'The Abyss' director's cut is actually much better than what was released in theaters. The director's cut makes sense of the terrestrial aliens and their involvement with the crew of the deep water rig named Deepcore II.