I’ve made no bones about it: I believe Stephen Chow playing sidekick to Seth Rogen in a movie is below a man of Chow’s stature. Most Americans have no idea who Chow is, so they foolishly believed him playing second fiddle to a schmuck like Rogen is a “step up” for him on his road to Hollywood. They are, of course, movie-deficient idiots, because Stephen Chow has more talent in one finger than Rogen and the dolts making the “Green Hornet” movie combined. Having said that, here’s some showing news a scant few days after the announcement that he would no longer direct “Green Hornet” but would still play Kato in the movie. The news? Chow might not be playing Kato, either.
From the Associated Press via IHT:
Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow said he will no longer direct the Hollywood adaptation of “The Green Hornet” and may not star as Kato, a character made famous by Bruce Lee in the short-lived TV series.
Chow, whose credits include “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle,” said over the weekend that he wants to free up time to work with Jack Black on a comedy about a superhero.
“If I direct ‘The Green Hornet,’ the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years,” Chow said. “The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea.”
I would be more inclined to believe that the AP article is taking the announcement of Chow no longer directing “Green Hornet” as he would no longer be acting, too, but the quote from Chow would seem to dispel that notion. So I guess the “creative differences” that Chow encountered on “Green Hornet” really translates into: “Um, I thought about it, and I kinda don’t want to make your movie anymore. Buh-bye.”
See, this is how you have to do things in Hollywood. Keep letting these producers put you in their roles, and they’ll never let you out of the box for the remainder of your Hollywood shelf life. If Chow wants to give Hollywood a shot, he should do it his way, on his terms. Fail or succeed, he can at least say he did it his way, and screw’em if America can’t deal with the Chow way. He can always go back to making mega budget badass movies in Asia. Talk about a foolproof fallback plan!
So if this is true, and Chow does abandon “Green Hornet” for an original project with Jack Black — OUCH. Getting dumped for Jack Black. That must hurt worst than getting kicked in the balls by a mule.
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