Dev Patel has admitted that he had second thoughts about taking on his role in The Last Airbender.
The former Skins actor told the Radio Times that he had initially been left unimpressed by the movie’s script.
“I read the entire script and I had my concerns, I was like, ‘I’m not too sure if I really wanna be doing this’. I wasn’t blown away,” he said.
However, the Slumdog Millionaire star signed up for the part of Prince Zuko after speaking to director M. Night Shyamalan and being impressed by “his vision” for the film.
Patel also insisted that he now uses negative reviews as inspiration.
“Actually the negative criticism really drives me in a way,” he said. “And if I had got amazing reviews for Skins, I don’t know if I would have worked as hard on Slumdog, to get the awards I did. But then there was too much praise after Slumdog.
“So to come off Airbender and for the film to be critically smashed like it is now, is great.”
Last month, the 20-year-old said that he took the role as he wanted to “reinvent” himself.