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M. Night Shyamalan: Exactly. Now, the other big change is the pronunciation of some of the names. Now this is, for me, because, at the end of the day a South Indian guy directed the movie. It’s a personal thing. So “Aang” is not [like Tang] but “Aang” [like Tong.] It’s “Ang Lee.” See, my first name is Manoj [as Man-oh-j] and everyone mispronounced it in school and butchered it as “Man-ahhj.” So, this is coming from a specific place, from a multicultural appreciation.

Jordan Hoffman: But how would you say it with a Philly accent?

Actor Noah Ringer pronouncing the "Ahhhh" in Aang.

M. Night Shyamalan: Wooter! Wooterbending! Okay, so there are four words that are effected. "Aang" is one.  Also, it isn’t “Avatar” like aaah, it is “Avatar” like “Of-Atar.” That’s a subtle difference, though. I don’t want it said with an Indian accent – you know, it is a Sanskrit word – but I want it with a gentle accent. So that one is blurred. We had a linguist come in to discuss all this, by the way, this isn’t just me doing all this.
Jordan Hoffman:  Gotcha.
M. Night Shyamalan:  The other changes: “Sokka” [pronounced Sock-Ka] is pronounced “Soh-ka” (“soh” as in “sew”) and Iroh, Uncle Iroh, isn’t “Eye-Row” but “Eer-Row.” Everything else is the same. Iroh comes on the screen and says “My name is Iroh, and you have my word.” And the first thing Shaun Toub, the actor playing him, asked was, “why is it pronounced this way?” because Shaun is Persian. And I’m like, “Dude, I’m on it!” Because this show, this film, is inspired by these cultures. And most directors wouldn’t care, but this is something I’ve been living with my whole life, this is really important to me. But not just the names, the caligraphy, the drapery, the machinery, this all creates a world that is specific and personal and resonant.”

M. Night Shyamalan - The Last Airbender - Changes to the Mythos - UGO.com


I just have to say: I hate hate HATE that Shyamalan felt it was okay to change the pronunciation of characters names.  ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!

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