Two movies, two wildly bad haircuts: Jackson Rathbone of “Twilight” and “The Last Airbender” fame thinks that, even after major projects like his, there are some things you just shouldn’t take with you. Jasper Hale in the vampire series, the 25-year-old actor stars in the new M. Night Shyamalan film adaptation as Sokka, a protective older brother and warrior with one gnarly ponytail.
However, he and co-star Nicola Peltz both felt there were valuable lessons to be learned on and off the set of “Airbender,” from the challenging physical aspects — such as Tai chi — to the philosophies behind the fights.
Shyamalan wanted his actors to focus on “the spirituality behind the ideas of Kung Fu, not so much just to use it as a weapon but a connection between mind and body and spirit,” Rathbone said in an interview with HitFix.
Peltz also had to weigh in as to whether Sokka or Jasper would win in a fight against each other. Rathbone can’t make up his mind, based on some theory on diminsions, be we were already too afraid by then to get a straight answer.
“Airbender” is released to theaters today (July 2). Check out our interview with Shyamalan, HitFix’s Drew McWeeny’s review of the film and check back in later for our chat with “bad guy” Dev Patel.