The above is a fascinating interview Indie Movies Online did with M. Night Shyamalan on the race controversy surrounding The Last Airbender. I’m a huge fan of Avatar and was a little peeved at first about the casting of several white actors for the main roles. The more I’ve thought about it and read Shyamalan’s thoughts on it, the better of felt. And this interview really drives the point home. Aside from the fact that many of the main characters (and the director himself) are Asian, there’s the fact that the cartoon and all anime series aren’t explicitly Asian. In fact, many are oddly Caucasian in their looks and given Japan’s fetishism with America, that’s not surprising. The strongest point in the interview comes when Shyamalan breaks down the races of the four nations. For any Avatar: The Last Airbender fan, I highly recommend reading this.