In an interview with the L.A. Times, Seth Rogen talked about his script for the upcoming big-screen version of “The Green Hornet” and Stephen Chow’s contributions. Yes, I’m still shocked they got Chow to do this thing. But after thinking it over for a while, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably the best thing for the movie, and the character Kato in particular. The Chinese have always had an affinity for Kato (played by Bruce Lee in the original TV show), not least of which because an actual, honest to Goodness Chinese person was playing the character, and that the character was probably more capable than his white boss. Basically, the sidekick could kick the star’s ass at any time, and I think this is what endured Kato to the Chinese. I wouldn’t be surprised if, later on, Chow revealed his decisions to take the job had more to do with protecting Kato from Hollywood’s butchering than anything else. In any case, that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.
But here are some of the things Rogen told the LA Times about how the script for “Green Hornet” is going:
“A version of the script is finished,” said Rogen. “We’re rewriting it right now with a lot of Stephen’s notes and ideas. We wanted a director to come on and bring his own sensibilities to it.”
Van_williams_and_bruce_lee_in_the_g In particular, Chow weighed in on establishing the Hornet and Kato’s “origins” –- a key reversal of Rogen’s earlier assertions that the film would not delve into the masked heroes’ back story, which infuriated some Hornet afficionados.
“He had a lot of great ideas about how they could meet, ideas about how their history could have developed,” Rogen said. “And I don’t want to give too much away, but he had a lot of very influential ideas about how we would develop the emotions of the character. Which for us is very important.”
I still don’t trust Rogen as far as I can throw him with any movie, but we’ll see…
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