Jackson Rathbone has had a pretty successful couple of years! Not only does he play the vampire Jasper in the incredibly popular Twilight films, but this year he also starred in the massive box office hit The Last Airbender.
So with The Last Airbender coming out onto Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD, we thought we’d catch up with Jackson to ask him a few questions!
Q: With The Last Airbender movie based on the Nickelodeon series, you’ve had the unusual experience of adapting an animated character from the TV screen into a live-action feature film.
What was that like and what attracted you to the role of Sokka?
A: I was a fan of the series before and such other animated series as Cowboy Bebop and Full Metal Alchemist, so I was excited about the prospect of bringing an animated series to life.
The mixed martial arts, the fantasy elements, and the incredible family bond within the characters’ relationships. It was months of training and getting to know my incredible cast and crew, who could ask for more?
Q: There is something particularly endearing about the bond that you and Katara form with Aang, a different kind of family dynamic.
What was it like working with Nicola Peltz and Noah Ringer?
A: They are both such sweet young kids and it was amazing to watch them grow as actors, people, and martial artists.
I learned a lot from them and I hope they did from me. I feel like Nicola is truly a little sister and Noah could be the little brother I never had… and who also could kick my ass!
Q: In one of the bonus features on The Last Airbender DVD/Combo pack, it shows how the cast and crew endured freezing cold temperatures in Greenland to shoot the opening sequences of the film.
What was that experience like?
A: It was freezing! But we had a great time in the cold… snowball fights, body sledding, falling asleep with the sled-dogs howling into the night, waking up to the most serene landscape with the sun slowly spreading across ice… I loved it.
The hands down most challenging aspect of filming in Greenland was simply walking without falling down in scenes. It’s all ice!
Q: Did training for all the action scenes in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse help you prepare for your scenes in The Last Airbender?
It was actually the opposite. I trained and filmed The Last Airbender a few months before beginning Eclipse.
The greatest thing I learned is how to keep in control while fighting for the screen. It should be realistic, but fighting for camera is not like fighting in real life.
Camera angles and choreography help, but an actor out of control is a bit terrifying, and I know a lot of stuntmen who’ve been injured by someone too in the moment and losing control.
Those takes usually don’t make it in the final film, anyway!
Q: You have built a great fan base over the years, especially after starring in Twilight and The Last Airbender. What are your fans like? Do they differ in ways, or are they fairly similar?
All of those wonderful people I’m blessed to call fans, have built my career as an artist and entertainer.
Without their continued love and support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do… I’m ridiculously humbled and thankful.
Thank ya’ll so much!
Jackson Rathbone plays Sokka in The Last Airbender, which is available now on Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD. Click here to find out more!
The Last Airbender is out now on Blu-ray Triple Play & DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment