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    “I Thought I Was Gonna Be Blue”: Ken Leung Thought He Was Auditioning For James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ When He Landed A Role In Netflix’s ‘The Last Airbender’

    When you go for an audition blank, sometimes the unexpected happens, and Ken Leung can attest to that. But all’s well that ends well and now we have our live-action Commander Zhao.

    The versatile actor, known for his role in ‘Lost’ recently shared an interesting behind-the-scenes fact. The actor leading Netflix’s live-action version of the animated hit Avatar: The Last Airbender wasn’t even aware there was such a thing. 

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    Ken Leung’s Audition Mix-Up 

    Ken Leung (Image: Getty)
    Ken Leung (Image: Getty)

    Ken Leung spills the beans on a level 20 secret audition experience. Recently in a conversation with Deadline, the actor revealed how at the time of the audition the project details were not as public. Unaware of the original animated series, Leung thought he was testing for James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ franchise. The actor started, “I didn’t know the original at all,” continuing, “First of all, the audition, you couldn’t tell it was for Avatar. So it was kind of disguised as a different project. And when I first heard it was for Avatar, I thought I was gonna be blue.

    He further shared how he’s grateful that he didn’t have any prior information on the project as must’ve been the intent of the creators. “Looking back, I love that I came in blank,” said Ken. “Because when you have ideas, you can corrupt a pure process. You come in blank, things will come into it that will inform your playing of it in a way that it might not if you came in with preconceived ideas or plans. I was grateful for that,” he finished.

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    ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ On Netflix

    Still from 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' (Photo: Netflix)
    Still from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (Photo: Netflix)

    The New Netflix action series is the live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series debuting in 2005. ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ has since sprouted in many spin-offs, and the latest live-action is one of them. The fantasy action series follows Aang played by Gordon Cormier who is the Last Airbender.  

    The conflict of the plot is that our hero had been stuck in the ice for a century while the world around surrendered to the Fire nation. Now how he’ll fix that issue is what you need to watch the series for. The show is now streaming on Netflix and Paramount+.

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    Akshita Singh is a Senior Content Writer at First Curiosity. She has been churning out content for 2 years. She's an avid reader and writer, fascinated by the works of Sylvia Plath, Franz Kafka, and Charles Bukowski. Akshita is also a poet herself, having written two poetry books titled ‘Made By Misery’ and ‘Deathbed’. Apart from goth literature, another thing that she enjoys is the real and fictional stories of Hollywood. She loves cinema and admires all works of art, be they delivered by actors or directors. So, keeping up with celebrity life comes as basic nature to her, something she loves knowing and informing others.

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