Asian Role: Aang
Non-Asian Performer: Noah Ringer
Release Date: 2010

Here’s another critical disaster that can be chalked up to karma. The Last Airbender was awarded the Razzie for being the Worst Movie of 2010, and M. Night Shyamalan was awarded the same prize for Worst Director.

Because the world of the film was inspired by East Asian and Inuit culture, there was a massive controversy over casting, which included casting Noah Ringer as Aang. And although Shyamalan dismissed criticism by pointing out that anime could be racially flexible and indistinct, the public opinion was largely against him. Film critic Roger Ebert said it best: "The original series Avatar: The Last Airbender was highly regarded and popular for three seasons on Nickelodeon. Its fans take it for granted that its heroes are Asian. Why would Paramount and Shyamalan go out of their way to offend these fans? There are many young Asian actors capable of playing the parts."