J.K. Simmons Talks Tenzin and Korra



JK Simmons talks a little bit about his upcoming role as Tenzin in Avatar The Legend of Korra

ComicBookMovie.com just had a chance to ask J.K. Simmons a little bit about his upcoming role as Tenzin in Avatar The Legend of Korra. As you probably know, Tenzin is the direct descendent of Aang and will play a major role in the series, being Korra’s Airbending teacher. We also know he will likely be narrating the opening sequences of Korra.

Fans know that in the upcoming Avatar: The Legend of Korra your character, Tenzin, is the son of Aang and Korra’s Airbending instructor; what else can you tell us about him?

Simmons – Not unlike the actor who provides his voice, he’s bald. And very virile. And wise. And attractive…

Does the fact that Tenzin’s father was the Avatar before Korra cause any strain between them when they first meet?

Simmons – That’s one of many things that contributes to difficulty in their relationship.

How did you get involved in the new Avatar series?

Simmons – The old fashioned way. As I recall, (which I often do incorrectly) I auditioned for this one.

If you could bend any element which would you want and why?

Simmons – Air. That way you can basically fly, which is my favorite G-rated fantasy.

I think it’s interesting how JK Simmons auditioned for Korra, maybe that means he was a previous ATLA fan :), very likely.

JK Simmons in Spiderman

JK Simmons, most well known for his role as J James Jameson from Spiderman. Looks like he'll be bringing some humor to Tenzin, can't wait to see how it turns out. He also auditioned for Korra, do we have an ATLA fan?

Read the full interview at Comic Book Movie

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Comments - 21 Posts

  1. Airspeed Prime Said: Comment by Airspeed Prime on January 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    News is horribly slow now that him saying yes to a question is the big thing to take from an interview. LOL


    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Haha yeah.

    I think it’s the calm before the storm.


    Julla Reply:

    Thank you for keeping us in the loop!!
    I’m looking forward to hearing him as Aang’s son…
    Aang and Katara’s son+Aang’s avatar spirit inside of Korra= a hot mess!
    That’s gonna be really interesting.


    AirBendingSlice Reply:

    yes yes it is


  2. Atry Said: Comment by Atry on January 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Korra: Do you want me to go out an catch some mobsters?

    Tenzin: No! I want Amon, I want his face on the front of every newspaper in the entire city! I want photographs of him, the best pictures! We have to capture him in the act, I want everyone to know the criminal he really is! What are you waiting for, Chinese New Year?!

    Korra: ….


    CosmoSpiritVarie417 Reply:

    lol XD


    AirBendingSlice Reply:



  3. AirBendingSlice Said: Comment by AirBendingSlice on January 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    i always liked pinky and the brain growing up so i think i’ll love is role


  4. clintoshoto Said: Comment by clintoshoto on January 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    LOL. I love Simmons in this: “That’s my G-rated fantasy.” I’m looking forward to his work in Korra!


  5. Kelly Said: Comment by Kelly on January 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Love j.k.Simmons I hope he really is a fan of the show that would be awesome!
    Just in case people don’t know j.k Simmons was also cave Johnson.in the award winning game portal 2. He did a great job and it was a great way to here his voice to see what tenzin may sound like



    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Man I still need to play Portal 2, I keep forgetting, thanks for the reminder 🙂


    Kelly Reply:

    play it its freaking amazing!!!


  6. Melxed Said: Comment by Melxed on January 24, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know that there are new clips of The Legend Of Korra now? Or..?


    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Yes, we know about them, we have decided not to post them as news as they are illegal leaks and we do not want the site to get in trouble, also we are respecting the wishes of the shows creators and not posing about them 🙂


  7. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on January 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Here’s hoping that this will set a trend and more will be said! Maybe someone should talk to Dante…. He was on the verge of talking. *Hints at @admin *


    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Haha, yeah might be a good idea.


  8. uber avatar fan Said: Comment by uber avatar fan on January 25, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    This guy is a boss


  9. Jon Said: Comment by Jon on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    The artist seemed to capture the J.K. Simonsness of Tenzin


  10. Kotryna Said: Comment by Kotryna on February 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m gonna love this guy.


  11. Rrockz Said: Comment by Rrockz on August 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink



  12. Rrockz Said: Comment by Rrockz on August 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink




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