Jack Burton is a Tad Confused in Big Trouble in Little China

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Kurt Russell in Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Movie Image

John Carpenter’s “Big Trouble in Little China” is easily one of my favorite films of all time. Hell, I still go around quoting lines from it and totally confusing people. And you know what makes them even more confused? I refuse to tell them the origin of the line, or why it makes me chuckle, secretly amused with myself when I say it to them, and they just stare at me dumbly. Yeah, look, if you don’t know lines from “Big Trouble in Little China”, I ain’t gonna fill you in, cause it’s one of those things where you either know it or you don’t. Know what I’m saying? Like Jack Burton always says, if they don’t get it, then they don’t get it.

But apparently Jack Burton (as played by Kurt Russell in the film) didn’t “get” a lot of things that were happening in the movie. All told, there are 2 whole minutes where Jack is totally clueless. That’s one of the best parts of the movie — Jack Burton is essentially the “white hero” who arrives to save the Chinese people, but he’s also the dumbest mofo in the entire film. Dumb, but lucky and great. Try to wrap your head around that concept, folks.

P.S. If you don’t own the “Big Trouble in Little China” DVD, you MUST own it. The commentary track by Russell and Carpenter is hilarious. I’m pretty sure Russell is drunk throughout the track, which makes it just that much more awesome. The other best part about the commentary? Carpenter bemusedly recounts that at one point the film was protested by an Asian-American group that just didn’t “get” what he was going for. See what I mean? “Big Trouble in Little China”. You either get it, or you’re a dumbass.

Via : AV Club

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  • Brent

    This is one of my all-time favorite commentary tracks. At some point they just stop talking about the movie and talk about their kids. In fact, most of Carpenter’s commentaries are great.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Their “The Thing” track was pretty awesome, too. I’m pretty sure they just did that one and hopped right into “Little China” on the same day or vice versa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    Funniest parts:

    The guy whips out the knife “What? Where’d you get that?”

    “It becomes a dream.”
    “What?”

  • Juggernaut

    I just picked this up on Blu Ray for my wife a week or so ago. We haven’t had a chance to sit down and watch it. Jack Burton is the man! “The check is in the mail!”

  • Jake

    That was awesome. I think I might have to go and watch that movie again. It’s been a while.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Todd

    I’ve never listened to the commentary track. You’ve just inspired me to do so.