One Piece Showrunner comments on the choice of actor to play Luffy
One of the great successes of the live-action series One Piece was the casting of the Straw Hats.
In an interview with ComicBook, co-showrunner Steven Maeda commented on the importance of castingespecially for the role of Luffy (Iñaki Godoy).
“It was really difficult for Luffy in particular, the live-action Luffy could be quite annoying if he wasn’t cast correctly. And I think we found the nicest and most genuine guy to play this character. I’ve said this before and I insist, if Iñaki didn’t do this series… I don’t know. We didn’t have a backup for him that would excite us and be really good. So, as soon as we saw Iñaki, we prayed that we could get him to close this deal and make the series happen.” said Maeda.
The producer also added: “He’s really the glue that holds it all together. I think Taz, Emily, Mackenyu, Jacob and everyone else all rounded it out wonderfully and embodied these characters, it was a pleasure to watch them grow and inhabit these characters. But yeah , Iñaki is the glue that holds everything together.”
One Piece: The Series is available on Netflix. Season 1 adapts the Saga East Blue and has 8 episodes.