I’ve seen a lot of mean movie reviews in my time, but few have generated the kind of hate that The Last Airbender has. It’s partly to do with the “racist” casting controversy, partly that Shyamalan often comes off as a d*ck, and probably a lot to do with the movie just being really bad. But according to Shalammy, he hadn’t read any of them. At least not until a reporter from Vulture read one to him. Oh yeah, they went there.
Have you read the reviews for Last Airbender?
No, I haven’t.
Well, are you aware of the reviews?
Well, for the most part, critics have not been kind. Are you just ignoring them? Will you read them this weekend? Have you just not had time?
Are you saying that in general they didn’t dig it?
In general, no. Roger Ebert, who liked The Happening, did not. The first line of his review is, “The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category that I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.” How do you react to something like that?
I don’t know what to say to that stuff. I bring as much integrity to the table as humanly possible. It must be a language thing, in terms of a particular accent, a storytelling accent. I can only see it this certain way and I don’t know how to think in another language. I think these are exactly the visions that are in my head, so I don’t know how to adjust it without not being me. It would be like asking a painter to change to a completely different style. I don’t know.
I have to hand it to the Vulture reporter. For all the sh*t I talk on here, I’m definitely not the type to just kick a guy in the nuts like that in a one-on-one interview (this was a phone interview, but still). And leave it to the Indian guy to blame it on his accent. What? I can’t understand you. I thought you said your name was Bill and you were in Milwaukee. Godd*mmit, let me talk to your supervisor.