James Sie, who plays the Cabbage Man in both Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Netflix adaptation of the show, has described just how nice it is on set. Avatar: The Last Airbender follows the journey of Aang, a young airbender on a journey to master all four elements to save the world from the invading Fire Nation threat. Teaming up with other young benders and a few non-benders, Aang has to learn quickly in order to take stop the Fire Lord and Princess Azula, while also trying to redeem the exiled Prince Zuko.
While his character may often be the butt of jokes in Avatar: The Last Airbender, in an interview with It’s Recording Time Media, Sie gleefully describes just how respectful the younger actors have been with him on set.
As Netflix’s adaptation works to improve beloved characters, life on set appears to be going brilliantly for Sie and the other Avatar: The Last Airbender actors. Unfortunately, all the respect in the world won’t stop his cabbages from being destroyed every time he appears on-screen, which, thankfully, he doesn’t seem to mind.
“It was a real honor to be called for the show… I can’t say anything about it, but I can say that everybody who worked on it is such a big fan of the series. Not just the story, but the series. I felt like visiting royalty when I went out to do my scene, because everybody knew me and it felt really special.”
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Avatar: The Last Airbender flying
The upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation promises a bigger scope and considerably more run time than the last adaptation, The Last Airbender, offered the production. The development of Netflix’s adaptation was announced in 2018 and further development has been steadily ongoing. The live-action nature of the project gives it the opportunity for Avatar: The Last Airbender to offer more than just bending by showcasing the martial arts inherent to each different bending style, which, while it worked in the original animated show, will lend itself brilliantly to the Netflix adaptation.
Avatar: The Last Airbender features a diverse cast with Team Avatar consisting of Gordon Cormier (Team Zenko Go) as Aang, Kiawentiio Tarbell (Anne with an E) as Katara, Ian Ousley (13 Reasons Why) as Sokka, Dallas Liu (Shang-Chi) as Zuko, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (The Mandalorian) as Uncle Iroh, and Maria Zhang (Continuum) as Suki. The villains of the cast include Elizabeth Yu (Somewhere in Queens) as Azula, Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) as Firelord Ozai, and Ken Leung (Lost) as Commander Zhao. The show is also fixing a major The Last Airbender mistake by casting other Avatars with Yvonne Chapman (Kung Fu) as Kyoshi, and C.S. Lee (Dexter) as Avatar Roku.
While production appeared to be going smoothly, in 2020, the show lost Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is a dangerous sign. Though Netflix may be trying to respect the cultural elements of the show respectfully, it is a concern when the creators abruptly bow out of a project. Still, with the first season costing approximately $120 million, the show will need to be a major hit if it wants to so much as break even. Yet with Netflix executives comparing it to The Sandman, it looks like Netflix is taking Avatar: The Last Airbender seriously.
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