Mako appeared with Dante Basco twice before lending his voice to Avatar: The Last Airbender. The first movie was The Perfect Weapon in which Mako's character takes in an orphan played by Dante Basco. Ironically, this is not far removed from Iroh's relationship to Zuko on Avatar: The Last Airbender. The second movie is a made-for-television flick entitled Riot made in 1997 about the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. Not only do both actors appear in the same segment, but both actors are also residents of Los Angeles where the movie is set.