Netflix’s highly anticipated Avatar live action has made its debut, and is welcomed by fans of the animated series with open arms.
Among the standout performances of its awesome cast, the inclusion of the Cabbage Guy is one of the Easter eggs that got the fans excited.
In this article, we take a closer look at the profile and previous work of the Cabbage Guy actor.
Live Action Cabbage Guy: The famous vegetable merchant
The Cabbage Guy, also known as the Cabbage Merchant, was brought to life by James Sie, a 61-year-old American actor and author with a diverse and impressive career.
Notably recognized for his voice acting roles in animated series such as Jackie Chan Adventures and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Sie’s talents extend beyond the screen and into the world of literature, with his debut novel, Still Life Las Vegas, published in August 2015.
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James Sie’s career is marked by versatility, having starred on-camera opposite Suzy Nakamura in Strawberry Fields and secured roles in productions like Chain Reaction.
His creative abilities also extend to the stage, where he wrote and performed the autobiographical one-person show, Talking With My Hands, providing audiences with a glimpse into his upbringing in a Chinese/Italian household.
Sie’s association with the Avatar universe is not limited to the Cabbage Guy alone. As the voice of the animated character, he successfully carried over his role to the live action adaptation, making him a unique member of the cast who has portrayed both versions of his character.
Warning: Major spoilers if you haven’t watched Avatar live action series.
Portrayal of live action Cabbage Guy
In the animated series, the Cabbage Guy is an ordinary salesman specializing in selling cabbages.
Nevertheless, his misfortune knows no bounds as his produce continuously faces destruction or damage due to encounters with Team Avatar and their adversaries.
Sie captured the essence of the character’s reaction to these calamities, showcasing horror or extreme anger when his beloved cabbages suffered harm.
Despite the Cabbage Guy’s limited screen time in the live action adaptation, Sie managed to convey the character’s persona authentically.
The paranoia and quirky personality traits that defined the animated version were skillfully translated to the live action realm, ensuring that fans of the original series could enjoy the familiar quirks of the iconic character.
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