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Toby Kebbell Confirms Major Changes in Akira Scripts


Actor Toby Kebbell has been saying some interesting thing lately.  Kebbell, who played Agenor in the recently released Wrath of the Titans, was reported to be number one in line for the role of Tetsuo Shima in Warner Bros. adaptation of Akira.  Currently the rumors are that the film will be a live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s animated film, and not of the graphic novel (manga) of the same name that Otomo also wrote.

Kebbell should be ecstatic as he claims to be a fan of the manga and original movie.  However, after he heard some of the creative choices of the live-action script, it did not sit well with him.  Speaking with IFC, Kebbell had this to say:

They were like, “This is going to be a big franchise!” So I said, “Then in that case, understand that I’ve read the comics, and I’ve read the comics that got turned into the annuals, and then the annuals that got turned into the one-off anime. So if you really want to do it, then why don’t you look at the six comics and just put two into each film?”

That way my character, Tetsuo, is not the lead. He’s not the second lead, and he’s not the third or the fourth lead, because there are eight major characters there. You’ve got great young actors, and you could get them in there. That’s the way to do it if you want to do sequels.

They were like, “Welllll…” So I told them, “Then this is a remake [of the animated movie], and I don’t want to do a live-action remake of the cartoon, because [the cartoon] is perfect and you’re not going to do it dark enough — so therefore, I don’t want to do it.

Kebbell also said that the studio wanted to make Tetsuo and Kaneda brothers, which was one of his biggest problems with the script.

The other thing they wanted to do was make [Tetsuo and Kaneda] brothers. I was like, “The point is that Tetsuo can’t comprehend how someone who isn’t his brother could love him so much — and that’s where his wrath and his rage come from. Do you not see that? Why have you made them brothers? What the fuck are you doing?

Yep, it looks like Tetsuo and Kaneda will be brothers.  To ensure that nothing is amiss in casting, Garrett Hedlund of TRON: Legacy is already favored to play the part of Kaneda.  It would just be weird if one was Asian and the other wasn’t.  Heaven forbid we have another public outcry about casting visible minorities in corresponding character roles.  Like with Rue in the Hunger Games.

Yes, it seems to make perfect sense for Hollywood to whitewash an entire script that was originally written in Japanese; names and all.  So why go out of their way to mangle the story that’s already popular and will automatically make money? There’s absolutely no need for it.  If they were to make any changes, it would have been easier to swallow if Tetsuo and Kaneda were brothers because they were alien ninja turtles.  If I wasn’t annoyed enough, let me remind everyone that Kristen Stewart was offered the role of Kei for goodness sakes!

To quote Jamie Noguchi, they should, “Rename the Stupid Thing Steve.”

An excerpt from the AngryZenMaster:

“If you want to keep the plot but cast all White people, just change all the names. Instead of Tetsuo, try Eddie. Instead of Kaneda, try Paul. Instead of Akira, call the goddamn thing Steve. Why Steve? Well, if you’re Japanese, Akira is a pretty generic name. If you’re American, Steve is a pretty generic name. I mean sure, it’ll sound really silly to hear Eddie scream at the top of his lungs, “WHAT IS STEVE?!” But it would make the whitewashing of this film much more bearable.”

Akira has been regarded by critics as a landmark anime film.  The one that influenced in the anime world that followed its release.  It is like the mother of all anime.  Epic on its first try.  While it’s refreshing to hear that a young actor is not only honest, but informed on the work he’s partaking in, it pains me to think it’s done nothing from stopping this monstrosity of a film from being made.  Kebbell won some points today, but while burning bridges it won’t make a difference in Akira being churned out of Hollywood.

However, it seems that we may not be able to see the changes after all, as of January 6, 2012, production has been “shut down” for the fourth time. There is no word when or if it will be picked back up again anytime soon.

Feel the Wrath of the Titans Two New TV Trailers

Two new trailers for the Wrath of the Titans have been released for television consumption. You can also check them online as the two have quickly made their way online.

The movie which picks up a decade after the events in Clash of the Titans, finds Perseus; Demigod son of Zeus; attempting to get away from it all, living a quieter and simpler life. It’s one thing to live a humble life when you’re secretly rich, it’s another to turn down powers of a deity. It would be like being the genie from Disney’s Aladdin, accessing semi-phenomenal, nearly cosmic powers.

To make it more corny, not only has Perseus turned down all this power, but he’s a single dad, just trying to do right by his kid. They just needed to give him a prison tattoo, a cowboy hat, and a patriotic country song. It would have completed the translation of Greek Mythology to modern day pretend values. The kid is ten years old and named Helius. So did Perseus give up the power before having a son, or was it the first thing he did going mad with power?

Perseus: “Hey baby. I’m the son of God.”

Slave girl: “You don’t look like Jesus.”

Perseus: “No, I mean Zeus.”

Slave girl: “Oh. You’re one of those. Meh.”

Meanwhile, on a plane of existence not privy to mortal eyes but amazingly looks like bright and shiny 3D, the Gods are having a spat. The Greek pantheon is losing precious power due to a loss in human devotion; they find the lack of faith disturbing. Without the power to frivolously smack around humans, turn into a myriad of beasts to mate them with, or even throw lavish parties, the Gods are no longer able to sustain their lowest priority of power consumption: Keep the Titans imprisoned. Especially Kronos, cheesed off father of the Gods.

Long lost Ninja Turtle?

They have enough power to create, raise, and release a giant Ninja Turtle called the Kraken, yet they’re running out of power. This is like the great energy crisis that’ll hit humans one day. We’ll be too busy zipping around in gas guzzling SUVs to care and then one day, blam! Not enough energy to make instant noodles. On that day I will lose it.

An excerpt from the official movie description:

“… Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.”

The original 1981 Clash of the Titans wasn’t that good to begin with. It was an excuse to run around with swords and fight claymation monsters. While the original movie was fun in it’s way, the remake didn’t really give me the nostalgia I was looking for. It actually put me to sleep in theaters until I was startled awake by the sound of a kraken roaring. What chance does Kronos the lava monster have against a ninja turtle in keeping me awake? Yes, that’s Kronos and that’s Perseus flying towards Kronos on Pegasus wielding lightning bolts of Zeus. I think that’s near the end of the movie. Then there the Makhai spinning around with four arms and swords. It reminded me a lot of Optimus Prime in Transformers doing robot jujitsu.

Originally I was excited to see the movie and thought the trailer music rocked; The Bird and the Worm by the Used. Now that I’ve felt the sting of disappointment, not even Marilyn Manson’s cover of Sweet Dreams can get me motivated to watch the sequel.

Check out the trailers for Wrath of the Titans below.