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‘Avatar’ fame Stephen Lang blames movies for ‘exotic image of India’, wants to visit this ‘tech oriented country’

The villain from blockbuster ‘Avatar’ Stephen Lang hopes to visit India even as the American actor has so far visited Sri Lanka. He also feels that ‘country of his interest’ has as much political turmoil as United States does. He thinks that now India is a technologically oriented place and the exotic image of the country could be blamed squarely on the movies. “Up till now, I have not been to India, but I certainly hope to get there because I am very interested in it. My father used to tell me (many) stories (about India). My father used to travel to India all the time for business,” he added.

So does he still carry the image of India as his father painted, or has it changed?

“The first image that I have is (that it is) quite exotic as a country — very, very different from mine. I am talking about childhood images where it is all part of the Raj (British Raj), and I think it is a lot based on what I saw in cinema which is, of course, incredibly cliched and incorrect,” said the 65-year-old.

Now, he thinks India is a “technologically-oriented place”.

“And a crowded place. A place which has got as much political turmoil as the US does or anywhere else does, but also a culturally rich and very diverse place with some of the best food in the world for sure,” he added.

Before heading to showbiz, the New York-born Lang showed his acting skills on stage and received attention with Broadway plays — which later paved the way for him into the TV industry.

His portrayal in Broadway play “Death of a Salesman” led him to its TV version. Lang’s resume is full of credible projects like “Gettysburg”, “Public Enemies”, “Conan the Barbarian” and “Tombstone”.

His roles as antagonist in James Cameron’s film and “Don’t Breathe”, which was aired in India on Sony PIX, have earned him fame as well as critical acclaim. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “Don’t Breathe”, directed by Fede Álvarez, focused on three friends who get trapped inside a blind man’s house while breaking into it.

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