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INTERVIEW: Jackie Chan bashes “Rush Hour”, “The Tuxedo”, Owen Wilson, Chris Tucker?!
By Cam Mason in Los Angeles
How did you feel about using wire work in THE TUXEDO?
Jackie Chan- For me itâ€™s different, I am getting tired of doing the same stuff. I always tell my manager, please tell the studio, give me something like Kramer vs. Kramer, some drama. I get so many scripts like Rush Hour, no, two cops I donâ€™t like that movie, â€˜Jackie please try, do something Americanâ€™ okay, success. Oh okay, even though I donâ€™t like it. Rush Hour 2, I hate it. I want to do something new, something pure drama.
Why do you hate Rush Hour?
J-The action, compared to my Hong Kong film is terrible. The dialogue, I donâ€™t understand. Rush Hour is a big success in America, but if you check the Asian market, nobody went to see it. Nobody understands it. These last few years I am slowly learning American culture and what an American audience likes.
Do you think there can be a crossover film? Do you think there is a film that both audiences will like?
J-No, like nobody in Asia liked CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Weâ€™ve been making those kinds of movies for thirty years.
What drew you to THE TUXEDO?
J-I donâ€™t like THE TUXEDO, I donâ€™t like the story. The only thing I like is Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks. Everything I speak is the truth. I wanted to try something new, thatâ€™s the first step for me. I donâ€™t know if the audience is going to like it or not. My older audience watch the American films and they donâ€™t like it, the new audience are excited about it. I have two kinds of audience: the audience that has been watching me for twenty years and the new audience. The new audience looks back now.
What were some of the challenges in stunt scenes in the movie?
J- A lot of people misunderstand, stunts are easy. Most of the time itâ€™s safe. So many people protect you and there are wires. Most of the time I get injured itâ€™s with detailed things.
What was it like doing the stunt scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt? Like the scene with the cup?
J-She was injured, thatâ€™s why we did the cup scene. It is a bit of comedy there, and then I do the boom boom boom. When I choreograph the fight scenes, I know which part is important and which part is unimportant. At the end we have a lot of fights, and at the beginning we have a lot of fights, but some of the fight scenes were cut. Probably the studio said this is a family movie and we have to cut some of the fight scenes. Sometimes, I really wonder can I have the final cut. Sometimes it really makes me frustrated, we work so many days, and sometimes people get hurt and in the end one cut and its gone.
How do you like working with American actors?
J-Good I am getting used to it. Jennifer Love Hewitt is better than Chris Tucker and better than Owen Wilson. Sheâ€™s so sexy, but I didnâ€™t know five months ago, because every morning I see her come to the set yawning or singing.