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Indian Actor Govinda Trolled for Saying He Rejected Hollywood Flick ‘Avatar’ to Avoid ‘Body Paint’

New Delhi (Sputnik): A trolling fest ensued on social media after Indian actor Govinda recently suggested that he was initially offered a role in the Hollywood blockbuster “Avatar”, but rejected it citing the mandatory “usage of body paint” over long periods of time.

Appearing on a popular Indian talk show, the actor claimed that the director of the world revered Avatar series James Cameron had initially urged him to be a part of the first edition of the series, which reigned for a decade as the world's highest-grossing film before Marvel's Avengers: Endgame surpassed it.

"I asked him (Cameron), 'you want me to shoot for some 410 days and colour my body during the shoot?' I couldn't do it, so I apologized for declining and left," the actor. Govinda, who made the revelation to senior journalist Rajat Sharma, during his popular talk show, also claimed that he had suggested the title 'Avatar' to director James Cameron.

The Twitterati pounced upon the actor, who has enthralled Indian audience over the years with Bollywood super hit flicks like "Coolie No. 1" and "Raja Babu".

Some users also mockingly suggested that the actor was actually talking about an Indian film from the 1980s, of the same name.

Although Govinda happened to be one of the biggest B-Town sensations of the early 2000s, his movies of late have lacked in audience appeal. Govinda last appeared in Rangeela Raja directed by Sikander Bharti, released earlier this year. The film, however, failed to rake up good numbers at the box office. 

Earlier this year, Cameron had revealed that Hollywood stars Chris Evans and Channing Tatum were almost cast as Jake Sully in Avatar. Cameron disclosed that Sam Worthington had competition from the two major stars for the lead role, but the relatively unknown actor won the 64-year-old filmmaker over with the “intensity” of his voice during the final speech in the movie.

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