Kishi Posted March 8 Author Report Share Posted March 8 2 hours ago, Scaly Freak said: Atreju is a member of a nomadic people called "Greenskins", natives to the grass ocean plains. I'm not sure if Michael Ende meant for them to be green-colored Plains Native Americans or not, but considering Ende himself was born and raised in Germany, I'm a little hesitant to jump to that conclusion without further evidence to support it. Well, from what I can find on the Internet, the "Greenskins" are supposed to be green, and there was apparently a scheme to color Noah Hathaway (the actor who played Atreju in the film) green that just didn't work for filming. The reason I say that he's patterned after a Plains Native specifically is because in the film, when Bastian looks for a picture to give himself an idea of what Atreju looks like, it's a very red Plains Native hunting buffalo. (or at least, that's how I took that part, like he was looking for a reference). We cut back into Fantasia, and up walks this white-presenting kid in skins with a bow and arrow. It's more complicated by mixed reporting concerning Hathaway. There's one 'source' that says he's Mohawk, and Wolfgang Petersen himself said he's half-Native, but most of what I found in researching it seems to indicate European/Jewish ancestry. Which is all to say that I don't think it was Ende's idea, and I wouldn't ascribe it to him. I think Petersen read the book and made some adaptational choices that haven't aged well. Which tracks, really. Ende apparently wasn't a fan of Petersen's choices in adapting his work. 1 Quote Work like a farmer, train like an athlete, fight like a soldier. 2 Tim. 2:3-6 BATTLE! Link to comment
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