A series of short clips in which the actors introduce the characters they’re playing in James Cameron’s Avatar have been released. And I start wondering about something: in Avatar it seems most humans are played by white people and there are only black people and Native people playing as aliens (as the Na’vi from the planet Pandora)? Check for yourself:
Update: following this post (?), those official videos have been tagged as private by Fox in their youtube account…
Avatar – Sam Worthington as Jake Sully (Human, White)
Sam Worthington talks about portraying Jake Sully, and his character’s motivation to explore the world of Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine (Human, White)
Sigourney Weaver discusses portraying the no-nonsense scientist Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – Zoe Saldana as Neytiri (Alien, Black Latina)
Actress Zoe Saldana talks about playing the royal-blooded warrior Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – Stephen Lang as Col. Quaritch (Human, White)
Actor Stephen Lang talks about playing the chief of security on Pandora in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – Michelle Rodriguez as Trudy (Human, White Latina)
Michelle Rodriguez talks about playing laid-back pilot Trudy in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – Joel David Moore as Norm (Human, White)
Actor Joel David Moore talks about his character Norm’s desire to finally land on the planet of Pandora after a prolonged arrival.
Avatar – Giovanni Ribisi as Selfridge (Human, White)
Giovanni Ribisi talk about playing the corporate head of the company RDA in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – Laz Alonso as Tsu Tey (Alien, Black)
Actor Laz Alonso talks about portraying the prince-like Tsu Tey in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – Wes Studi as Aytucan (Alien, Native)
Actor Wes Studi discusses his character Aytucan, and the respect he receives from his people in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar – CCH Pounder as Mo’at (Alien, Black)
Actress CCH Pounder discusses her character Mo’at’s feelings about the human visitors inhabiting her home planet in James Cameron’s Avatar.
We probably need to check the full cast to get a broader picture, but one can but wonder about the way the roles were assigned in Avatar…