Netflix’s One Piece star Emily Rudd takes aim at viral fan criticism

It happens, guys. Netflix and creator Eiichiro Oda have been hard at work on One Piece for years, and we got our first taste of the adaptation this month. After a long wait, the first visuals for Netflix’s One Piece went live, and the impressive posters got fans buzzing. Of course, that doesn’t mean fans took the promos for granted, and a question that popped up at first glance is now being answered by show star Emily Rudd.

The update comes from Instagram as the actress was inspired to answer fan questions after Netflix’s promos were shared. There, a fan asked about the shoes Luffy is wearing on the show’s poster. While the character wears loose sandals in the anime, Luffy is rocking different shoes in this poster. And as it turns out, the style change all came down to safety concerns.

“We all did as much of our stunt work as we were allowed to do (and when we didn’t it was mostly for safety reasons, which is where our incredible and beyond talented stunt tee came in). Sandals are unfortunately not the safest footwear to do stunt work in, and we didn’t want you to miss out on this great work [Iñaki Godoy] can do and did,” shared Rudd.

Of course, you can see why the trade was made if safety was at stake. One Piece is a physically demanding story as we’ve seen the characters defy all the laws of gravity in the anime. There’s no telling how the live-action adaptation will handle the One Piece action, but it should be intense enough to warrant a costume change. Of course, Oda had to sign off on the change as series creator, so fans can rest easy about the trade. After all, Oda’s editorial team has been highlighting its heavy-handed involvement with the Netflix series, and that’s what will set One Piece apart from Hollywood’s past anime efforts.

Currently, there is no set release window for One Piece, but Netflix has said the live-action series will release in 2023. Godoy will bring Luffy to the camera while Rudd steps into Nami’s shoes. Other stars such as Mackenyu, Jacob Romero and Taz Skylar round out the Straw Hat team under co-showrunners Steven Maeda and Matt Owens.

What do you think of this One Piece complaint? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or give me a call on Twitter @Megan Peters CB.

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