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The Last Airbender’s Iroh Way Before He Was Ever Cast

In an interview with The Guardian to discuss the enduring cultural impact of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” Greg Baldwin touched on his tenure as Uncle Iroh. According to him, even though he never anticipated taking on the role from Mako, he was prepared to do so all the same. That’s because he received a copy of the “Pacific Overtures” soundtrack in 1977, which featured Mako in the role of the Reciter. Over the years, Baldwin listened to the recording regularly, perfecting his Mako impersonation in the process. “I was one of the few people who had been doing an impression of Mako for 30 years,” he said.

Baldwin last voiced Iroh on the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” sequel series “The Legend of Korra,” and when audiences spend time with the character again, he won’t be the one bringing him to life. That honor will go to Paul Sun-Hyung Lee for Netflix’s upcoming live-action “The Last Airbender” series, and Baldwin is excited to see how he handles the part. “I can’t wait to see what he does with the role. I know when we finally see the picture of him in full costume, I am going to cry along with everybody else,” he told The Illuminerdi in a 2022 interview, warning Lee that he may have some emotional fan encounters in his future.

Both Mako and Greg Baldwin made Uncle Iroh a household name on “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and surely Paul Sun-Hyung Lee’s take on the iconic character will prove just as appreciated via the live-action reimagining.



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