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The Two Primary Adult Leads. The eccentric Zen master, and the Hard as Nails Police Chief. This is where the Star Power would come in, considering the majority of the actors and actresses I reccomended for Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Asami, are unknown. These characters are the money bait. Here is where I would cast well Known Asian American Actors/Actresses, that will attract the fans that would otherwise pass the film up due to its lack of star power. Since these two characters are obviously meant to be older experienced people, it makes sense to cast older experienced actors and actresses, an American Audience would be willing to go see. As with my two previous blogs, I will be using several criteria to cast these characters. APPEARANCE: Must be able to play these characters without having to use Yellowface, spraytanning, and/or Crossdressing. EXPERIENCE: Must have starred in at least one relatively successful film. YOUTH AND/OR AGE: Must be the appropriate age for the character he/she is playing. or at least able to pass for it. Also, as with my previous blogs, this is purely for fun. For entertainments sake, and is not meant to be taken seriously. It is simply done to keep the hope for a GOOD live action ATLA/LOK film alive. Here is my pick for the actors and Actresses to play Tenzin and Lin respectively.
For Tenzin, since he is definitely supposed to be an older Martial arts master. I believe casting an actual martial arts master to play the role would probably be the best choice. But a decent actor is also necessary to the success of a Live Action Legend Of Korra film. I decided to find actors.
Mortal Kombat (1995), Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Sleeping Dogs (Video Game) (2012).
An excellent martial artist, Fight Choreographer, and Stunt Coordinatior. Has garnered somewhat of a cult following. Sort've the Poor Mans Jackie Chan. He's about the right age to play Tenzin, he certainly has experience in martial arts based roles, as well as working with tough personalities and clashing egos on his various movies. (a lot like Tenzin did with Korra) I feel he could pull off Tenzin, if given the role. If all else fails he would at least make a good consultant.
9 Deaths Of The Ninja (1985), Genji: A Thousand Year Love (2001), The Last Samurai (2003), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Batman Begins (2005), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), Inception (2010) One of the most successful Japanese Actors in cinema history. Has starred alongside big time actors such as Liam Neeson, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo Dicaprio. But I have yet to actually see him star as a primary lead character in any film. I feel he is by far one of the few truly good Asian actors that is well known to American Audiences. He has had experience playing roles such as Samurai, Martial Arts Masters, and Corporate executives. I know for a fact he could pull off Tenzin.
STARRED IN: Once Upon A Time In China (1992), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Romeo Must Die (2000), The One (2001), Hero (2002), Fearless (2006), The Warlords (2008), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Able to pull of dramatic roles as well as full on Martial arts action. As well versed in Shakespeare as he is in Wushu. Having fans worldwide in Asia, Europe, and America, he is extremely wel liked and marketable. He is probably the best choice for Tenzin any would be Director or Producer for a Live Action Legend of Korra film could make.
LIN BEI-FONG: Lin is an older woman with a chip on her shoulder, who has hardened herself due to the heavy amount of adversity she has faced in both her Professional and Private life. Living in her mothers shadow, being a police chief and an active duty officer, losing the only man she ever loved to a rival etc. Theres a lot of unexplored character in Lin-Bei-Fong I feel needs to be expanded upon . As Such she needs an actress who is no stranger to adversity to do her justice, with real feeling backing up her natural talent. --- LUCY LIU:
STARRED IN: City of Industry (1997), Payback (1999), Shanghai Noon (2000), Charlies Angels (2000), Chicago (2002), Kill Bill Volume I (2003), Kill Bill Volume II (2004), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Kung Fu Panda II (2011), Man With The Iron Fists (2012), Elementary (TV Series) (2012-ongoing)
While I will admit, I'm not a big fan of Lucy Liu's more Stereotypical roles (Man With The Iron Fists, really ticks me off specifically). I will admit, when she gets a good role, its a REALLY good role, (Elementary is a fine Example, as is her work in Kill Bill). A well known actor, who is able to pull in the Audience, as well as both dramatic and Action film roles. Lucy Liu, is pretty much my number one choice for playing Lin. --- MICHELLE YEOH: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000706/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Yeoh
HAS STARRED IN: Police Story 3 (1992),Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor (2008), Reign Of Assasins (2010), The Lady (2011)
From Wikipedia: Pierce Brosnon describes her as a "wonderful actress" who was "serious and committed about her work". He referred to her as a "female James Bond" in reference to her combat abilities. She wanted again to perform her own stunts but was prevented because director Roger Spottiswoode considered it too dangerous. Still she performed all of her fighting scenes.
She is also well versed in dramatic roles, not just action. as evideced In Both "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon", and "The Lady."
Any person who shows this kind of commitment to the cause can definitely consider themselves a choice for the character of Lin Bei Fong.
As with blogs keep in mind, this is all fan based casting. If you like and/or dislike any of the choices I've made. Comment below! I'm just putting out what I think about one of the greatest franchises ever made.