Portrayed by: Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone
The casting of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender is one of the worst instances of whitewashing ever seen in Hollywood. Though Noah Ringer does closely resemble his pale, wide-eyed character from the Asian culture-inspired TV series that inspired the film, both Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone looked nothing like their characters.
And here’s the cherry on top: Dev Patel’s character, the villain, is actually lighter-skinned than Patel in the cartoon. The film ensured that the heroes are portrayed by white actors, and the villain by someone with darker skin. Did no one see something wrong with this? No one?