The Tony Jaa Saga Continues

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Tony Jaa in Ong Bak 2 (2008) Movie ImageYou know, I can’t believe I’m saying (natch, writing) this, and I’m really afraid for my life because, let’s face it, Tony Jaa can crack my skull open with his little pinky finger, but holy cow, from everything I’m hearing coming out of Thailand, Tony Jaa is sounding more and more like a flake here. The latest news post-Jaa’s abandoning of the “Ong Bak 2″ film set finds the Thai kickboxing wonder boy agreeing to return to the set to finish the film, but only after a week of some very weird series of events.

Variety breaks down the nuttiness:

Last weekend, Jaa’s lawyer created a sensation when he put forward a 7-point series of demands, including a Baht 50 million ($1.5 million) flat fee for the actor and the cancellation of the 10-year contract between Jaa and Sahamongkol.

Techaratanaprasert refused, saying only that negotiation of any kind will only resume after “Ong-bak 2″ is completed.

The location of the meeting added to the bizarre nature of the story. Jaa, who walked off the set in early June to meditating in the jungle, visited the National Police Office on Monday afternoon to seek help from a senior police officer claiming that he was being stalked by mysterious men.

Techaratanaprasert joined him there and began to hammer out their differences, some two weeks after the dispute became public nearly two weeks ago.

“Stalked by mysterious men”? The guy who can jump over speeding motorcycles and knee someone in the forehead from 30 yards away is afraid of “mysterious men” stalking him? And what’s the deal with letting his agent calling the shots? Then there was the wandering into the jungles for weeks to “meditate” on the movie.

Egads, Tony, what’s up, my man?

But have no fear, fans of knees to foreheads from 30 yards away, because the Thai studio has gotten Jaa back to the movie set, where he will finish the film under the supervision of his former director friend Prachya Pinkaew and action choreographer Panna Rittkrai. Word is that Jaa and Pinkaew had a falling out, probably owing to Pinkaew hopping onto the “Ong Bak 2″ set like his pants were on fire when Jaa went missing, I would imagine.

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  • shadopup

    Granted he may be a bad ass muai thai fighter but in real life three big guys with decent martial arts skills could probably take him down. Not sure if it’s easy to carry a gun or knife in Thailand but you’d figure one of these “mysterious” men would be carrying weapons. Tony is only what 5’6″? Easy enough to get some big guys after him…now Bruce Lee on the other hand…

    I know it’s not a fair comparison but Jackie Chan in his autobiography mentions how he was once approached by three triad guys and he just walked along without any real objection. He mentions that that sure in the movies he can beat up 10 guys but in reality that’s not true at all.

  • shadopup

    Granted he may be a bad ass muai thai fighter but in real life three big guys with decent martial arts skills could probably take him down. Not sure if it’s easy to carry a gun or knife in Thailand but you’d figure one of these “mysterious” men would be carrying weapons. Tony is only what 5’6″? Easy enough to get some big guys after him…now Bruce Lee on the other hand…

    I know it’s not a fair comparison but Jackie Chan in his autobiography mentions how he was once approached by three triad guys and he just walked along without any real objection. He mentions that that sure in the movies he can beat up 10 guys but in reality that’s not true at all.

  • Dustin

    I’d say the above is a fair comparison. In Asia their is alot of corruption in the film industry. High profile guy,bright future,world on his shoulders…I’m sure plenty of shady characters have tried to sink their teeth into him. Extortion…whatever…

    Here in Canada the same thing (embarrasingly) happened to Steven Seagal when he got into some sort of black mail trouble while he was filming Exit Wounds or something.

    I don’t care if you’re the best martial artist in the world. If the mafia wants to shoot,stab,drown,explode your ass…It’s gonna happen.

    To the guy above I’d also mention Bruce Lee was probably killed by the triads as well.

  • Dustin

    I’d say the above is a fair comparison. In Asia their is alot of corruption in the film industry. High profile guy,bright future,world on his shoulders…I’m sure plenty of shady characters have tried to sink their teeth into him. Extortion…whatever…

    Here in Canada the same thing (embarrasingly) happened to Steven Seagal when he got into some sort of black mail trouble while he was filming Exit Wounds or something.

    I don’t care if you’re the best martial artist in the world. If the mafia wants to shoot,stab,drown,explode your ass…It’s gonna happen.

    To the guy above I’d also mention Bruce Lee was probably killed by the triads as well.

  • Meta

    In Asia, movie industry or just about any entertainment industries in general have always had close ties with underground criminal world. I would not be surprised.

    All the martial arts in the universe won’t save you from someone that jumps you from behind with a knife, let alone guns. And most of these action stars/stunmans’ training routines focus much more on the gymnastics and aesthetics aspects of martial arts, rather than the self defense aspects. Any professional competitive level fighter would and should easily kick Tony Jaa, or Jet Li, or Jackie Chan’s ass one on one.

    And I thought it’s pretty much well accepted at this point Bruce Lee died from cerebral edema due to allergy to some kind of medication he took.

  • Meta

    In Asia, movie industry or just about any entertainment industries in general have always had close ties with underground criminal world. I would not be surprised.

    All the martial arts in the universe won’t save you from someone that jumps you from behind with a knife, let alone guns. And most of these action stars/stunmans’ training routines focus much more on the gymnastics and aesthetics aspects of martial arts, rather than the self defense aspects. Any professional competitive level fighter would and should easily kick Tony Jaa, or Jet Li, or Jackie Chan’s ass one on one.

    And I thought it’s pretty much well accepted at this point Bruce Lee died from cerebral edema due to allergy to some kind of medication he took.

  • Tianna

    is it true Tony Jaa can actually take out fifty people in a row under 3 minutes? me and my boyfriend were arguing about it…i dont think a guy can do that even if he knows martial arts

    Tianna

    • Will

      I’m really not sure about this. I remember this one time when 42 skinheads tried to turn my face into a dance floor, but thanks to my martial arts knowledge I was able to defeat or kill all of them. I was quite tired by the end though, so I think 50 would be a bit of a push.

  • Tianna

    is it true Tony Jaa can actually take out fifty people in a row under 3 minutes? me and my boyfriend were arguing about it…i dont think a guy can do that even if he knows martial arts

    Tianna

    • Will

      I’m really not sure about this. I remember this one time when 42 skinheads tried to turn my face into a dance floor, but thanks to my martial arts knowledge I was able to defeat or kill all of them. I was quite tired by the end though, so I think 50 would be a bit of a push.

  • vesna

    i think it’s totally normal to go to police if someone’s stalking you. you think he should’ve attack this man or something? anyway, i think tony would to great in holywood in high budget films or anywhere he set his mind to.looking forward to ob2. cheers, all

  • vesna

    i think it’s totally normal to go to police if someone’s stalking you. you think he should’ve attack this man or something? anyway, i think tony would to great in holywood in high budget films or anywhere he set his mind to.looking forward to ob2. cheers, all