Actor Stephen Lang has announced his character’s return Avatar: The Way of Wateralthough he was killed at the end of the original.
Lang played the nefarious Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s record-breaking 2009 blockbuster.
At the film’s climax, Quaritch finds his death at the hands of Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) after waging war against the indigenous Na’vi people.
Though Lang’s involvement in the upcoming sequel has been public knowledge for some time, it wasn’t clear how his character might return.
Speak with RichLang shed light on the circumstances surrounding Quaritch’s comeback.
Lang will play a “recom” or “recombinant” version of Quaritch – an avatar into which Quaritch’s thoughts and emotions have been uploaded.
“He’s a genetically engineered autonomous avatar,” Lang said. “He was downloaded with the mind, emotions and, more interestingly, possibly the spirit of Quaritch. Well, that’s all pretty esoteric stuff.
“He comes with a full memory bank by the time he actually undergoes the DNA transfer. So there are certain things he can’t remember at all. He has no memory of his death.”
Lang further explained that Quaritch was present in the original avatar was “really a function” – serving the role of the film’s antagonist.
“He was a colorful feature — a feature packed with personality, but he was really there to create conflict,” Lang added. “Well, he still has that function, but I also think, just because of the depths of what Jim is exploring here, he’s quite a bit more than that.
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“We see parts of him that we haven’t seen before. This only makes sense because we don’t want to massage the same area over and over again. We need to go to new places and indeed he is.”
While no reviews for Avatar: The Way of Water released so far, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro was able to give fans his verdict on the new film.
It will be in cinemas – in 3D – on December 16th.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/avatar-the-way-of-water-villain-stephen-lang-b2239131.html Avatar: The Way of Water’s Stephen Lang explains the character’s return – despite being killed