In addition to being the director of the world's top two highest-grossing films, James Cameron is also an expert on deep-sea diving and creating new equipment for specialized underwater uses. That's why the government included him in a brainstorming session on how to stop the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Cameron attended the session with academics, scientists and engineers, though there's no word on what ideas the group came up with or what Cameron said. According to Reuters:
The gathering on Tuesday, one of many such meetings in the past few weeks, involved officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy and other federal agencies, Washington officials said.
The meeting, which included more than 20 top scientists, engineers and technical experts, was described as a "listening session as these stakeholders shared ideas about possible efforts to mitigate the BP spill's impact on the Gulf region."
Cameron gained a lot of his underwater expertise when he directed a little movie called The Abyss, about an underwater oil drilling platform commandeered by the government to avert a nuclear incident. Oddly enough, the fictional oil company that owned the rig was also called BP ... Benthic Petroleum.