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in the making of this movie which is obvisuly about asian cultures, clothing and legends the makers of this movie delibrately rjects talented asian actors and and use whites to depict asian characters the casting call reads "Caucasian or any other ethnicity"


The Last Airbender: Casting Call for the Main Cast

Next, let’s look at the official casting call for the four young leads for Paramount’s The Last Airbender. Remember that these characters canonically hail from the equivalent of Inuit and pan-Asian cultures


notice the emphasis of "Caucasian"

[ AANG ]
12-15 years-old, Male, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. We are looking for a young man to play the lead role in a motion picture franchise. He must be athletic and graceful with an ability in Martial Arts (not necessarily extensive experience) [...] He is a young adventurer and should seem like the type of young man who will grow up to be heroic.

[ KATARA ]
14-17 years-old, Female, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. She is Sokka’s younger sister. [...] She believes in herself and feels that she can play on the same team as the boys. She is beautiful, intelligent, passionate, feisty, and has a real sense of adventure.

[ SOKKA ]
16-20 years-old, Male, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. He is Katara’s older brother. He is intelligent but awkward, and very funny [...] He aspires to greatness, but he tends to doubt himself.

[ ZUKO ]
16-20 years-old, Male, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. He is a brooding, intense young man who wrestles – not always successfully – with being good. Regaining his honor is a driving impetus for him. He is extremely handsome and is the type of dangerous boy every girl falls in love with. Athletic and/or martial arts experience is a plus.


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Caucasian or Any Other Ethnicity

October 20th, 2009 | Published in Background | 7 Comments

original research by Michelle I., revised and formatted for Racebending.com

Imagine you are the casting director for a movie.

Assume that you want agents submitting for every appropriate, available actor. You want every actor of every ethnicity to feel welcome submitting a headshot and a portfolio of work. You want the best possible actor for this role.

How would you word your casting call?

1. Wanted: All ethnicities.
2. Wanted: Caucasian or any other ethnicity.

Do these phrases mean the same thing?
Do these phrases imply the same thing?
How is one different from the other?
What impression does each one give you about the role being cast?
What impression does each one give you about the intended, or resultant, applicants?

Quick Jumps:

* Typical Casting Calls
* Paramount’s The Last Airbender: Main Cast
* Paramount’s The Last Airbender: Extras
* Conclusion


Typical Casting Calls

First, we examine what official casting calls look like, for both roles of specified and unspecified ethnicities:

NBC’S HEROES: Volume 4
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[ AGENT 1 & 2 ]
28 – 45. PLEASE SUBMIT MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL ETHNICITIES. MUST BE IN GREAT PHYSICAL SHAPE. EXPERIENCE HANDLING WEAPONS A PLUS. These men/women are FBI agents taking part in a top-secret military operation…CO-STAR / POSSIBLE RECUR [Source]

[ JAPANESE DRIVER ]
30 – 45. JAPANESE. A funny, amiable guy from Texas, this truck driver’s voice is 100% pure Texan twang…CO-STAR / POSSIBLE 1 DAY GUEST STAR [Source]

[ WAITRESS ]
28 – 50. HISPANIC. A nice waitress who works in a small diner in Arizona. CO-STAR [Source]

[ MR. SHAW ]
Late 30’s. CAUCASIAN. Dark Hair / Brown or Blue eyes. Mr. Shaw is a devoted father trying to protect his daughters. CO-STAR [Source]

[ 1960'S MOM ]
Mid 20’s – Early 30’s. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES. This cheerful young mother is seen in a flashback to the 1960’s. CO-STAR [Source]

These cast calls are straightforward and unambiguous. Applicants understand what the role entails and if a specific ethnicity is being sought to meet the demands of the story.


The Last Airbender: Casting Call for the Main Cast

Next, let’s look at the official casting call for the four young leads for Paramount’s The Last Airbender. Remember that these characters canonically hail from the equivalent of Inuit and pan-Asian cultures:


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[ AANG ]
12-15 years-old, Male, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. We are looking for a young man to play the lead role in a motion picture franchise. He must be athletic and graceful with an ability in Martial Arts (not necessarily extensive experience) [...] He is a young adventurer and should seem like the type of young man who will grow up to be heroic.

[ KATARA ]
14-17 years-old, Female, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. She is Sokka’s younger sister. [...] She believes in herself and feels that she can play on the same team as the boys. She is beautiful, intelligent, passionate, feisty, and has a real sense of adventure.

[ SOKKA ]
16-20 years-old, Male, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. He is Katara’s older brother. He is intelligent but awkward, and very funny [...] He aspires to greatness, but he tends to doubt himself.

[ ZUKO ]
16-20 years-old, Male, Caucasian or any other ethnicity. He is a brooding, intense young man who wrestles – not always successfully – with being good. Regaining his honor is a driving impetus for him. He is extremely handsome and is the type of dangerous boy every girl falls in love with. Athletic and/or martial arts experience is a plus.

[official flier, official cast call]

This casting call was distributed widely, including on the thelastairbendercasting.com website (owned by Paramount) and to Breakdown Services and Actors Access. Here is a copy of the Breakdown Services version. Please note this call was released through Gail Levin’s office. In summer 2008, Levin was Paramount Pictures’ casting chief. This is contrary to Airbender producer Frank Marshall’s April 2010 claim that Paramount had nothing to do with the casting call.

The initial casting for the film had Caucasian actors for all four lead roles. Following public outcry, the role of Zuko was re-cast to Dev Patel, a South Asian actor. Zuko, as a member of the genocidal Fire Nation, is expected to be the main antagonist throughout the events of the first film.

It’s worth noting that – even after the “diversifying” re-cast – the only major role given to a person of color was that of the enemy.


The Last Airbender: Casting Call for Extras

Finally, after seeing how Paramount preferred to handle the casting for the lead roles, we examine how they made their casting call for The Last Airbender extras – people without dialogue or scripted interaction, intended only to walk the background and fill space.

In short, what follows are Paramount’s statements on casting actors who are seen but not heard.

We first examine a sheet for a casting call held in Philadelphia.

[ EXTRAS ]
Physically fit MEN & WOMEN 18-85 yr. Old – Boys & Girls 6-16 yr Old.

NEAR EASTERN, MIDDLE EASTERN, FAR EASTERN, ASIAN, MEDITERRANEAN & LATINO ETHNIC GROUPS….
No experience necessary – Martial Arts & Military Training a PLUS!

[...]

Come to our OPEN CASTING CALL, dress casually, OR in the traditional costume of your family’s ethnic background. We’ll take your photo and information -

[official casting call: Philadelphia, February 7, 2009 - source]

Suddenly we find that for extras, Paramount is effectively seeking any ethnicity except Caucasian. Here the emphasis is on any other.

This is more evident when we examine the language used by the Paramount casting director.

“We want you to dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire,” [Deedee Ricketts, the casting director for the film] said. “If you’re Korean, wear a kimono. If you’re from Belgium, wear lederhosen.” [source]

For the sake of clarity, we note that kimonos are a type of Japanese clothing and lederhosen are, in fact, German.


One middle-aged black woman, clad in a denim jacket and black slacks, raised her hand. “Are you at a disadvantage if you didn’t wear a costume?” she asked, evidently concerned about her “non-ethnic” outfit.

“Absolutely not!” Ricketts reassured her. “It doesn’t mean you’re at a disadvantage if you didn’t come in a big African thing. But guys, even if you came with a scarf today, put it over your head so you’ll look like a Ukrainian villager or whatever.” [source]


Conclusion

The research speaks for itself. The evidence is pulled directly from documents officially released and endorsed by Paramount – or spoken by one of the film’s casting directors.

Decisions were made within Paramount’s leadership to systematically exclude faces of color from the forefront of The Last Airbender. When pressured to introduce diversity into the cast, Paramount carefully selected roles that were either antagonistic or inconsequential.

The wording of the casting calls, the offhand remarks of the casting director, and the overall attitude of Paramount’s search for actors reflect both implicit and explicit bias against Americans of color.

http://www.racebending.com/v3/background/caucasian-or-any-other-ethnicity/










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i'll just watch this one out of respect for m. night shyamalan. ethnic inconsistencies aside.. I'm just hoping this wouldn't end up like dragon ball evolution. I simply watched that one out of respect for chow yun fat..

meh.. who am i kidding? this will end up like DBZ Evo. but i'll watch it anyway.. dunno maybe my inner masochist is silently telling me.. "in the middle of the movie, gouge your eyes out and scream in disappointment"

coz' sometimes a facepalm is not enough to describe the experience.
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Doesn't mean the animation was Asian-based would mean the actors should also be Asians. Unless you are a traditional stereotype from head to foot. That's the problem with most fanboy/girls. They only wish to see what they got used to on cartoons.

Anyways, the effects looks promising... Probably the movie will be second on my list next to Prince of Persia.
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why shouldn't the actors in a movie which is HEAVILY based on asian culture and legends not asians? stop making excuses for descrimination
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Its because its rather hard to find manpower and talents (Hollywood talents) to do the job. If they were to find Asians they were to find actors overseas it would rather be expensive. If they were just to make their Hollywood actors look Asians (or make themselves look Asians at least) it would make an impact on the movie. Anyways the movie is not actually a historical movie but fiction. There's no need to specify race whether the actors should be Asians, Caucasians or even Latins. What the producers need is to give the movie an "Asian" theme towards it... At least the movie would look like similar or near to that "Last Airbender" Anime the kids like in TV. Not a die hard wanabe movie of Asian actors.
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ahh yes classic white denial from drifter making the classic hollywood excuses for RACISM in movies and drifter eats this up (like a man eating cereal for breakfast). drifter would make a perfect employee for them. there are talented asian americans in the U.S.A there is no reason to reject them . THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO OVERSEAS TO LOOK FOR ASIANS.


some lists of Asians in the U.S.A



http://edopeno.com/2008/12/22/top-10-asian-american-actors-in-2008/

http://best.goldsea.com/100/actors.html


more can be found using google searching stop making excuses for racism


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Look, I am an Asian and I don't give shit if our kind gets into Hollywood. What I care is the theme, the producers and the film the people responsible in making. It is the director's will they make the film not ours. All we can do, shut up in a corner, watch the movie and enjoy your popcorn and Pepsi!

I am not saying that whites are the only good actors while Asians suck at acting. Take a good look at Mel Gibson's film Apocalypto, those actors don't even look like Latinos, the white ones what I meant. Don't take my statements wrong for being biased. I am not looking down at Asian actors I am just saying that practically speaking, how much effort do you think it takes to scout an actor out of thousands Asian actors out there that exists just to fill the role of Aang? Do you even get the idea? Here exist a caucasian who looks like the main character of the anime Avatar: The Last Airbender then why don't we take him to take the role of Aang instead of finding an Asian counterpart for the role? It would be better than wasting our time scouting someone while the "deadline" is fastly approaching.

You are too paranoid about this racism issue. If hollywood were indeed racist then they should have never adopted films of Asian in culture to begin with.


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the problem is Asians who applied are REJECTED the directors also display thier ignorance of asian culture and in their cassting call the emphasis is placed on Caucasian this insulting discrimination is the main problem and they would not be wasting time when theier are DOZENS of Asian actors/actresses are available

and Apocalypto sends racist messages

four racist messages the film sends to audiences:

1. Native Americans are all interchangeable. Many critics have offered facile praise to Gibson for having filmed his bloody epic in a contemporary Maya language and employed various Native American actors. Gibson has boasted to the press how relatively cheap it was to make the film because he had pay so little to these actors and his Mexican crew. To me, these actors didn't look or sound Maya at all. Their Yucatec diction was terrible and lacked the real lyric cadence of Maya languages. If someone exploited local labor to make a cheap film about gang-violence in Brooklyn and employed heavily-accented Australian and British actors, would critics still praise it as "authentic" simply because the actors are speaking English?

2. Mesoamerican cultures are all the same. While keeping some of the archaeological details accurate for "authenticity," Gibson then jumbles together mass Aztec sacrifices with Maya rituals, as if they were the same. Certainly at the height of classic Maya civilization, the ruling classes made occasional human sacrifices to their gods, but nothing on the Holocaust-level scale that Gibson portrays in Apocalypto with fields of rotting, decapitated corpses that his hero, Jaguar Paw stumbles across as he attempts to escape his own execution in the city. With the advice of archaeologist Richard Hansen, Gibson seems to have researched anything the Maya might have done badly over a thousand year history and crammed it all into a few horrific days. How would the gringos look if we made a film that lumped together within one week the torture at the Abu Ghraib and Guatanamo prisons, the Tuskegee experiments, KKK lynchings, the battle at Wounded Knee, Japanese internment camps, the Trail of Tears, the Salem witch hunts, Texas death row executions, the Rodney King police beatings, the slaughter upon the Gettysburg battlefield, and the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - and made this look like a definitive statement on U.S. culture?

3. Indigenous people should remain noble savages, since attempts to build cities and more complex political organization will bring their inevitable demise. Gibson purportedly wanted to make a statement about the decay of empires in this film. However, the only clear message I could take away was that indigenous people should have remained friendly forest hunter-gatherers and never have attempted to build their own civilization. Ignoring the fact by the time of the Spanish invasion, all Maya peoples had been either urbanized or sedentary agriculturalists for hundreds of years and maintained complex trade networks, Gibson nevertheless depicts his hero's tribe as crude but happy rainforest peoples living in isolation, blissfully ignorant of the corrupt cities neighboring them. He contrasts these noble forest savages with evil city dwellers such as slave traders, despotic politicians, psychotic priests, and sadistic head-hunters all living amidst rotting sewage, filth, disease, and general misery. Real Maya cities were places with sophisticated water and sanitation systems, great libraries, and extraordinary artwork and architecture. If Gibson wanted to make a statement about the consequences of environmental destruction, as he has claimed to the press, why not produce a film about corporate excesses at Love Canal or Three Mile Island instead of mucking up the historical reputation of the ancient Maya?

4. The Spanish arrive as if to save the Maya from themselves. After enduring two hours of horrific violence, in the last minutes of the film, we witness the miraculous rescue of the film's hero Jaguar Paw from his stalkers by the appearance of Spanish galleons off the coast. This short, final scene shows dour Spaniards approaching the mainland in boats bearing Christian crosses across still water. After forcing his audience to endure two hours of horrific violence, Gibson uses this placid scene allow the movie-goer a sigh of relief in the hopes that these European Civilizers have arrived to make order out of the Maya mayhem. By ending his film there, Gibson ignores the far greater genocide to befall the Maya. In fact, within a hundred years of conquest, the Spanish were responsible for killing between 90 and 95 percent of the Maya population through disease, warfare, starvation, and enslavement.







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You are a little late, aren't you? Since they already finished the casting and movie.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxbHooiZRGE

I don't really care about this movie and you don't have to watch it. What really bothers me are those american remakes of foreign movies. The Grudge, Shutter and The Ring were horrible and I already know I will hate Let Me In. Hollywood just messes everything up.

They will also do a Ghost in the Shell movie(located in New York), Battle Angel Alita and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
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i know i am late i am asking why the owners of crunchyroll is supporting this racist movie by putting up pictures in the background
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I hate remakes... especially the American ones... the ring, the grudge, american versions.... nevermind them. There are some epic ones but you'd really get a 80% chance of failure. I'd rather place my bets on Tekken film this 2010.
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I thought Shinji was asian. He doesn't seem to be bothered. Also this habit of changing the background of the characters isn't new in the US. As I mentioned Shutter, The Ring... they were all changed from eastasian cast to white.
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They're not supporting racism.
They're putting pictures of a movie, a soon to be newly released movie thats based on a well known anime. So why wouldn't they have em up? Gees get over your whole racism thing. Your just paranoid.
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I thought Shinji was asian. He doesn't seem to be bothered. Also this habit of changing the background of the characters isn't new in the US. As I mentioned Shutter, The Ring... they were all changed from eastasian cast to white.


Now, now... A clear picture had started to become clear to me. It sounds like a marketing strategy. Its more like saying white movies are better than others. Oh well... does not matter. Hollywood comes from America, of course, if a film making industry is based on that certain nation it will be always influenced by that nation's qualities and culture so I would not expect more or less... All we could just hope is just for their western and eastern counterparts to catch on them. Hollywood is never always on top...
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They're not supporting racism.
They're putting pictures of a movie, a soon to be newly released movie thats based on a well known anime. So why wouldn't they have em up? Gees get over your whole racism thing. Your just paranoid.


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ahh yes classic white denial from drifter making the classic hollywood excuses for RACISM in movies and drifter eats this up (like a man eating cereal for breakfast). drifter would make a perfect employee for them. there are talented asian americans in the U.S.A there is no reason to reject them . THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO OVERSEAS TO LOOK FOR ASIANS.


some lists of Asians in the U.S.A



http://edopeno.com/2008/12/22/top-10-asian-american-actors-in-2008/

http://best.goldsea.com/100/actors.html


more can be found using google searching stop making excuses for racism




with all due respect those guys are way too old to fit in the roles.. now if the avatar woke up 10 years late.. that might've been interesting.

jacky chan - omashu king bumi
kelly hu - yue
dae kim - firelord
grace park - katara
john cho - sokka
smith cho - azula
ken leung - aang
devon aoki - toph


now for the parody

john cho - sokka
bobby lee - aang
kal penn - zuko



DrifterZ0 wrote:

I hate remakes... especially the American ones... the ring, the grudge, american versions.... nevermind them. There are some epic ones but you'd really get a 80% chance of failure. I'd rather place my bets on Tekken film this 2010.


i've seen the tekken trailer.. and i'm having second thoughts about it. the plot's kinda like van damme's bloodsport except the timeline's post-apocalyptic..

I'm leaning towards Mortal Kombat Rebirth but 2013's still far away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_MqZn7E-mk


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