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 AirbenderONTD: SOME STUFF ABOUT THAT RACIST M NIGHT SHYAMALAN FILM BASED ON THAT CARTOON ABOUT THAT MAGIC BALD KID