Posts Tagged ‘whitewashed’

Marshall Claims No Discrimination

April 20, 2009

The Last Airbender Producer, Frank Marshall, in an effort to quell the continuing charges of whitewashing the cast, had this to say on his Twitter.

The casting is complete and we did not discriminate against anyone. I am done talking about it.

Well there you have it.

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Rathbone Hopes to Show Range

January 17, 2009

MTV spoke with Jackson Rathbone about The Last Airbender in a new interview.

On the audition…

“It was great. They flew us all out to Philly,” Rathbone remembered of his audition. “I got to meet the other castmembers that they hired on. I got to read with them, even. It was a blast. It was a great chance to get a free trip to Philly and get a chance to meet M. Night. He’s an incredibly nice guy, and I think we hit it off pretty well, and now I get to play Sokka.”

On Avatar: The Last Airbender…

“It’s a fantastic show,” Rathbone said of the Nickelodeon animated series. “I’ve always loved that kind of deep, mythical fantasy. It’s got a lot about the four elements: water, fire, earth, wind. It’s just really cool. It’s a really interesting series and such a cool character. I’ve always liked the show, and I thought it would be fun.

On his hopes…

“For me, it’s a great chance to show my range a little bit more,” Rathbone added, comparing Sokka to his “Twilight” character. “It’s a chance to do something a little funnier. Something less serious than Jasper.”

On the whitewash controversy…

“I think it’s one of those things where I pull my hair up, shave the sides, and I definitely need a tan,” he said of the transformation he’ll go through to look more like Sokka. “It’s one of those things where, hopefully, the audience will suspend disbelief a little bit.”

On M. Night Shyamalan…

“I think ‘Airbender’ has a lot of suspenseful twists as a TV show, but I think it’s something he’s really looking forward to, for expanding his own horizons,” Rathbone said. “He has kids. How many films has he made that his kids would be able to watch? So I think it’s really great that he’s making a family film. I have a sister; it’s exciting to make a film that my whole family can enjoy.”

For the full article and to view a video interview with Jackson Rathbone, click the link above.

Saving the World with Postage?

December 14, 2008

Okay, so not everyone is exactly thrilled with Mr. Shyamalan’s casting decisions thus far. While this Avatar fan is far more concerned with whether or not these young people can act their way out of a wet paper bag, it seems that a group of fans led by aang_aint_white are mobilizing a letter writing campaign to the powers that be at Paramount Pictures voicing their opposition to the “whitewashed” cast. They have provided an example letter, tips for letter writing, and the address that the letters should be mailed to.

Will you take up the call to save the world…with postage?