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‘The Last Airbender’ Star Ken Leung Thought He Was Auditioning For James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

The auditions for Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, which premiered Feb. 22 on the streamer, were very cloak and dagger.

Netflix went to great lengths to keep the auditions secret – including writing fake scenes set in a bank. That caused some confusion among the auditoners.

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And for Ken Leung, who wasn’t familiar with the original Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar had a different connotation, evoking the Na’vi from James Cameron’s blockbuster franchise.

“When I first heard it was Avatar, I thought I as going to be blue,” he said.

Watch him tell the story in the video below and introduce his character on the show, Commander Zhao.

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