The Daily Aztec - the newspaper of San Diego State University – recently interviewed Jackson about his experience filming The Last Airbender.
DA: The film is based on the Nickelodeon cartoon series so it skews to younger audiences. Why should college students spend their money to see this film?
JR: Well, it’s one of those things. A lot of my college friends were watching “The Last Airbender” whenever it was on Nickelodeon, and I mean, a lot of my college friends also liked it.
And it was one of their favorite shows when they were little because it was on a younger adult or children’s programming television station, but at the end of the day it’s a story and subject matter that appeals to everyone. It’s about being a hero and discovering yourself and it’s almost like a coming-of-age story set in this amped-up action world. And it’s one of those things … like I’ve always loved kung fu movies and I’ve always loved action films, and the idea of manipulating the elements. And that’s just something that’s kind of been there throughout all time, the mankind dependency on the elements and the ability to kind of work with them or work against them and what that means.
DA: Assuming this movie does well, do you think there’s going to be a sequel?
JR: Oh, I definitely hope so, and I think that’s the plan. It’s waiting for the box office basically. As an actor, I’m not too privy to all that, but at the end of the day, from a speculative standpoint, I think hopefully this movie will do extremely well and people will want to see the next two books put up into a film format. And I’m really excited and ready for it.
Go here to read the full Q&A. And above is the new French poster for The Last Airbender featuring Jackson!