Shut Up and Talk: Dante Basco

The Avatar star talks about film life, Robin Williams, and YES, even the Last Airbender movie!

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44 Comments on "Shut Up and Talk: Dante Basco"

MikeJ2
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I agree with Dante, Avatar the Movie should have used Asian Actors and definitely used him in the film.
They should have also worked with the creators of Avatar, I thought they did, so the fact that they didn’t Shame on you M. Night Shyamalan.

Dethhollow
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The fact that they didn’t makes A LOT of freaking sense when you see how inconsistent the final product is with the established world of the cartoon.

The Mysterious M
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I’m agreeing with you on a lot of those points. But uh…you do know India is in Asia right? So they did use Asian actors.

coredumperror
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To a majority of Americans, the word “Asian” really means “East Asian”. Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc. Not really sure why that happened, linguistically.

Professor von SCIENCE!!!
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Professor von SCIENCE!!!

That always seemed weird to me. I mean, no other “race” (for lack of a better term) is known simply by the continent they inhabit and The Mysterious M is right when he says India is in Asia so I just have to ask; WTF happened, the English language?

Vizaris
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It’s the same with “america”, which is the name of the continent not just the united states, and just adding “the” at the beginning doesn’t make a difference.

Chris_95
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To be fair, the casting wasn’t his fault.

Dev Patel was cast since they needed someone of caliber, and he’s got an Oscar.
BOOM! Entire Fire Nation are indian/Middle Eastern.
Katara was the daughter of a friend of the casting agent.
BOOM! Sokka is white to match!
But wait, the water tribe are Inuit.
Ok, so Katara’s family are from the north, right?
BOOM! All the Northern Water Tribe and Gran Gran are white.

gardwall
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yes finally

Tallfi
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

neo4812
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yay after all that waiting its finally here

Tallfi
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He is SO charming!

buzzUact
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You keep saying that an Avatar movie can’t be done. Of course it can! Forget about the restricting of trying to cram an entire season into one film and instead use the set up as a spring board for a new story. Good script writer and good director and your sorted. Why would be want to see the exact same thing as in the cartoon anyways?

ZigTheHunter
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I think that’s what he meant, you can’t cram an entire season of a show, especially one so story driven into a 2 hour or so movie and it be satisfying or even all that good. A completely new plot could easily work and I think Doug would agree.

Unalive'Em13
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I alway thought they should’ve done a first movie that stops with Aang and the gang at Roku’s temple and him getting the vision of the comet, it sets up the threat for future films, it’d end on a pretty epic action scene of them escaping Zhao and Roku temporarily possessing Aang’s body to fight of his men and the Fire Sages, could’ve divided each season into 2 or 3 films, wouldn’t have felt so rushed and like Harry Potter the studio probably would’ve made a lot more money do to fans being willing to see all the films

Olddog
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D. Basco, if you’re reading this, I think you’re awesome. That is all.

RockmanX3
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Been waiting for this for a long time!

Dante just seems like the coolest and most down to earth guy who hasn’t let Hollywood get to his head. I’m more of a fan of his than ever now.

Blizz3112
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Man I’ve loved this interview… Dante really feels like he knows that he has done great things but is still incredibly modest about it…

Kailen
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I’d love to watch this, but the volume is just too low. I have another program running at 5% volume and it’s louder than this at full.

AutoInfanticide
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volume is fine to me, look at your mixer? some combination of master volume and mixer?

TheGrimHeaper
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My problem is that the volume was inconsistent; On any of the camera angles focusing in on one of them, it was quiet. With the further back shot with both of them in frame, it was loud. If I adjusted my volume so that the quiet parts were at ‘normal’ levels, the loud parts were just shy of deafening. If I adjusted my volume so that the loud parts were ‘normal’, I had to strain to make out what they were saying in the quiet parts. Trying for something in the middle left the whole thing feeling off. Just a… Read more »
Hasetate
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Good to know i’m not the only one with this problem

AutoInfanticide
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Doug says every film is a little miracle.

AutoInfanticide
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Doug was smart to take on the interview format, the less poorly-spoken rambling he does the better he is.

Rhio2k
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HONOR!!

Louis Wolf
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Amazing interview. Next time can you raise your audio levels? Had my laptop on full blast and still had a hard time hearing. I’m sure this was a freak situation because other videos you do arent usually like this.

Tigerish
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I was expecting some comment about the late Mako after all the time they’ve spent recording Avatar together

lobsterzoidberg
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Dante seems like a really cool guy. Great interview.

aurum-femina
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Fun fact: He played the catcalling trekkie in A Goofy Movie. “Yo Staceyyy! Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me baybehhh!” I remember when the movie came out, my siblings and cousins would quote that line a lot, just because we thought it was the funniest thing. I was just a hair too young for Hook, so that line was my introduction to Dante Basco. ;P When Robin Williams passed away, I was amazed how people came forward with stories of how they had met him and that those moments were some of their brightest memories. My grandfather… Read more »
trepiechick
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Mr. Bosco, I have a huge crush on you and your sexy sexy voice. Excuse me while I go die in a hole now.

akaMokassin
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Is it possible to dislike Dante Basco? I look at him, hear him talk … and I think to myself … how can anybody be that likeable?

MrDarkboy2010
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About Dang time!

Hinatachan360
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Dante writes such beautiful poetry. I had the pleasure of hearing him live at an Otakon panel last year sharing some of his poetry. My favorite was the one based on the ponderings of Prince Zuko.

happymel
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YES! FINALLY! Can’t believe I missed this yesterday but I was too busy celebrating Revenge of the Fifth. Man, I can’t believe how many roles he’s done. Like his stuff has made up about 30% of my childhood. I would LOVE to see Loki Skywalker. I’d pay $100 to see that. 😀 LOL! This interview was such a joy to watch.

Mara Jack
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Dante Basco is amazing. He’s prolific, likeable, he sounds like a pretty cool guy, and he understands what it’s like to be a fan very well.
Thanks for the interview!

AvariceRenaldi
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OH WHOA! I’m in San Fransisco right now! It’s beautiful, I’m loving it!

GneissGeologist
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I fully agree with Dante on the point of giving young Asian actors a chance to break out – odds are NOT in their favor as it stands, and it really isn’t any better of a picture for adults, either. However, I think it is also unwise to assume someone who *appears* to be caucasian, for instance, is in fact entirely of caucasian descent – for one thing, caucasian refers *specifically* to people from or descended from inhabitants around the caucus mountains in Europe – it does NOT refer to all Europeans. For another thing…a fair amount of Europeans actually… Read more »
CaptainRoland
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Wow you guy beat me with your argumental sentence.

CaptainRoland
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I might agree with at least 75% if I read your essay-like sentence completely.

CaptainRoland
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Oh god now I am ffucking jealous of Dante Basco’s youth or age a 39 year old who still looks like 20 or 21 years of age.

Hinatachan360
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He looks even younger in person…

CaptainRoland
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We Jews and Russians living in New York City probably age all the time.

Ygdrasel
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Avatar was a horrendous film but M. Night may not be to blame. Take with a grain of salt, mind, but I recall hearing from an (alleged) production staff member about how that film came to be what it was. M. Night had actually planned to involve a lot of the strong character and humor of the series but he was strong-armed into cutting it down for more WOW AWESOME CG EFFECTS scenes. The only protagonist actor that actually auditioned proper for his role was Aang. Katara was cast via the magic of nepotism, Sokka was cast purely based on… Read more »
Ygdrasel
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And to be fair, “Aang” would be pronounced like the movie in Asian languages. But Avatar isn’t *actually set in real-world Asia* sooo…Creator’s call.

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