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Starlog Interview with Noah Ringer and Dev Patel 
3rd-Jul-2009 03:44 pm
jedi
Like other interviews, this Starlog interview with Shyamalan, Dev Patel, and Noah Ringer ignores the racebending elephant in the room and completely downplays Sokka and Katara. This is the first interview (that I'm aware of) where Noah Ringer actually speaks. Quote again desperately tries to play up the fact that Avatar was his nickname--the same talking point used by USA Today a while back.

“Ever since I’ve been shaving my head, everybody has called me Aang. I watched the show because everybody would tell me, ‘You have to watch this cartoon. He looks just like you!’ The movie is definitely different [from the TV series], but if we would’ve done the same thing as the cartoon, what would be exciting about that? It’s fun to change that and do something new.”

I'm pretty convinced at this point that they believe if they overemphasize "how much Ringer looks like Aang" people will not realize what they really mean is "how much Ringer looks like Aang after Aang has been whitewashed." So we should probably brace ourselves for that.

I'm all for changing things and "doing something new", but whitewashing is kind of old, Paramount. =(

We've also been on ohnotheydidnt at least twice the past week! There was talk about an M. Night Shyamalan interview where he said he "grounded the character of Sokka" and likes to try and do things "with the minimum amount of effort." Awkward.
ONTD: M. Night Shyamalan Talks The Last Airbender
ONTD: SOME STUFF ABOUT THAT RACIST M NIGHT SHYAMALAN FILM BASED ON THAT CARTOON ABOUT THAT MAGIC BALD KID
Comments 
3rd-Jul-2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I can't even fucking believe he doesn't realize that Aang is Asian. HOW CAN YOU WATCH THE SHOW AND NOT SEE THE ASIAN INFLUENCE?

EVERYONE INVOLVED IN TLA WHO CAN'T SEE TAHT: YOU FAIL. YOU ALL FAIL.
3rd-Jul-2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait until they show Katara and Sokka. Cannot wait.

I think it speaks volumes that they're only pushing the two least offensive casting choices to the front for interviews.
3rd-Jul-2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Still throwing a shitfit. Everything he says just makes it worse.
3rd-Jul-2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Guys, let's remember Ringer is a cog in a much bigger machine. I think he's just grateful to get the part, he's just eleven, let's remember that too. I have a feeling he's just reveling in the attention.

Don't bash the kid, he's the age of my little cousin and kids that age are really innocent. And when everyone was calling him Aang, he'd be eight years old, a little bald kid would look like Aang to his classmates.

I'm more concerned with the fact that Bryke isn't mentioned a single time, it is really starting to sound like a different movie, with little connection to the original.
4th-Jul-2009 02:03 am (UTC) - for more news on Bryke
Yeah, it's pretty obvious he has just been parroting what he has been told to say. I have no doubt that was his nickname, but that doesn't mean he was destined to be Aang. For the producers to take a kid's nickname and justify whitewashing is wrong, though.

As for Bryke, avatar_mom spoke on their behalf earlier regarding a fan gathering at comic con.

Its my understanding that some fans hoped to protest the casting of Last Airbender at SDCC. I kindly ask that those passionate fans please refrain from protesting during all the filming surrounding the documentary and the autograph session. Mike and Bryan have absolutely nothing to do with the casting, and it would be awful to hinder their efforts to bring more content to the fans.

I can see where they are coming from, but at the same time I can't help but feel that we are a significant part of the fandom, too. I feel like I'm such a big fan of Avatar that I've spent countless hours trying to protest the casting of this movie, when before I would simply turn a blind eye to films like DragonBallZ or 21. Our grievances are legitimate and to censor their documentary to pretend that we don't exist is very disappointing.
4th-Jul-2009 04:16 am (UTC) - Re: for more news on Bryke
I certainly don't see why a respectful question along the lines of "when you were creating the series, where you envisioning an Asian populated world?" or "To what extent were the Asian culture and it's people the inspiration for the show?" wouldn't be appropriate.

We can certainly ask questions without being obnoxious protesters. I think as fans we do have the right to ask. Like I've mentioned before, we're the people who's money justified the production of a film in the first place so we have just as much right to ask questions as anyone else.

Obviously, there's not really a point in asking something that they're not going to have the ability to answer. They weren't involved in casting and it entirely possible that they're not allowed to talk about any aspect of the film under NDA, but at the same time, smart questions could get interesting answers.

Something I would like to ask would be something along the lines of:

"Was the build in cultural and racial diversity of Asia the inspiration of the show? I've noticed that there are colour differences even between the lighter skinned nations and I was wondering if you took that into account in character creation. Like people from China range from very light skinned like the Air Nomads to very dark skinned like the some of the people from the Earth Kingdom."

You know, something that addresses the Pan Asian diversity and something they could answer around a NDA.
4th-Jul-2009 01:22 pm (UTC) - Re: for more news on Bryke
Anonymous
Agree making it clear that we don't blame Mike and Bryan is good. Focusing on Paramount and the film producers is the key issue.

That anecdote about Noah Ringer definitely seems to be a key part of the movie publicity.
4th-Jul-2009 04:20 am (UTC)
I don't think anyone here's trying to bash the kid. We all know that he's not the one who's making the calls....aside from Rathbone who's an adult and should know better then to make racially ignorant statements.

But yeah. I don't think this is going to be anything like the TV show aside from names and basic plot idea. Given what we know, there could be entire groups or characters cut. I am rather perplexed that we don't know about certain characters like Roku, Bumi or Pakku...although I would love to see if M Night continues his self casting by putting himself in a Roku.
3rd-Jul-2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Shoot me... just shoot me please... Ugh...
How much failure on M.Knight and the ignorance of EVERYONE involved in this film is this going to increase now? :headdesk:
3rd-Jul-2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Maybe starlog only managed to get an interview on the condition they wouldn't mention the casting controversy. Honestly are people blind, the kid looks nothing like Aang.
4th-Jul-2009 04:20 am (UTC)
I wouldn't put it past them. Restrictions are put on interviews all the time.
4th-Jul-2009 05:09 am (UTC)
To be honest, they seem pretty kiss-uppy anyways. I mean, "Frank Marshall (a Starlog favorite)"? Really?
4th-Jul-2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Especially considering how far in advance these interviews are. They can work out a deal for exclusive quotes as long as the studio approves the content.
4th-Jul-2009 01:55 am (UTC)
The irony is that if it was the other way around and some Asian American kid said he looked like a white character, you can bet people would say "but you're Asian!"
4th-Jul-2009 04:24 am (UTC)
LOL.

some Asian American kid said he looked like a white character, you can bet people would say "but you're Asian!

Only AFTER people say to Asian American kid that "Wow, but you speak English so well!"

4th-Jul-2009 05:46 am (UTC)
M Night said he likes to do things"with the minimum amount of effort."?

Wow. Filmmaking Fail.
6th-Jul-2009 02:30 am (UTC)
That part gets me SO MUCH. I mean, aren't you supposed to do your best when it comes to movies rather than minimal effort? That just seems so counter productive to me. Then again, that REALLY explains the cast we got. :/
10th-Jul-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Actually, it explains a lot more... like why he hasn't made a decent movie since "Sixth Sense". He kind of phoned it in since then.
10th-Jul-2009 05:01 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! Excellent point right there! XD
29th-Dec-2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Just noticed that this was posted on http://noahringer.celebfans.net/ which links back to here. Kind of odd, like it was "hacked" again.
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