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Jackie Chan Answers alot of questions!!! Rambo 4, The Accidental Spy, Drunken Master 2 + More!!!

Folks, Harry here with our Guy on the site of a fairly rare live Jackie Chan talk... Personally, would it not be the coolest thing in the world to take Jackie Chan into the toughest bar in the world... get drunk and just watch him kick ass with various bar stools, pool cues, bowls of peanuts and beer bottles? Sigh... It is just a dream. hehehe... Anyway, if you're a Jackie Chan fan... this is the report for you... He spills on quite a bit. Personally I'm not looking forward to the new score on DRUNKEN MASTER 2... Especially since that score was BEAUTIFUL as it was. Here's Guy...

Hello internet movie buffs!

I just got back to my dorm room from a Q&A session with the man, Jackie Chan. He's at William and Mary down here in Williamsburg, VA for parent's weekend, which is amazing since we don't get many celebrity speakers. Apparently this was the first time he had spoken at a college or university before. Naturally he was amazing! Very energetic and happy to be in front of a crowd of rabid college fans. He said far too many interesting details about his life and his work to mention here so I'll hit the highlights (and be sure to check out bullet point #11):

1) Rush Hour 2 begins shooting Nov 6 in Hong Kong. The shooting schedule has him and Tucker travelling to San Francisco, LA, New York and Vegas. Apparently this time out the roles will be reversed with Tucker being the fish out of water in Hong Kong. As Jackie put it "This time he's in my 'hood!"

2) He had been approached a few years ago about playing the bad guy in Rambo 4, but turned it down since he feels that alot of kids look up to him and he wants to be a good role model, ergo he never plays the villian. This time though it was especially hard for him to turn down since he has always admired Stallone (he told a very moving anecdote about how Rocky really did change the course of his life) and really wanted to work with him. Additionally the character was a drug dealer and Jackie has a very personal reason for not wanting to play any character associated with drugs (his father made him promise to never do drugs and he takes the promise very seriously). Apparently though, the feeling was mutual and Stallone is supposed to be working on a revised script in which Jackie and Rambo are both good guys.

3) Along similar lines as #2, he had been offered a chance to play the villian in a Michael Douglas movie in the 80s. He was really torn, but again decided to turn it down because he wanted to continue to be a good role model.

4) When asked about working with Sammo Hung again, he said that he and Sammo have talked about the idea, but that it probably wouldn't be until next year as both are very busy.

5) The person he'd most like to work with is Jodie Foster since her career reminds him a lot of his own (child actor -> actor -> director).

6) He's very, very excited about the pending wide US release of Drunken Master 2 since he's very proud of the final scene, and he says it will be the first chance that a wide audience will have to see "a real Hong-Kong style action film" since most of the other films of his that have made it over here have been seriously Americanized. In this regard he particular wants people to note the long takes and full-body shots that make the audience realize that these fights are real, not the result of alot of editing tricks. He also mentioned that the film will be graced with a new score and dub.

7) Along similar lines he really loves his saturday morning cartoon on the WB since it introduces young kids to him. He also made certain that all the kids know what the real-life Jackie Chan looks like.

8) His idols include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Bruce Lee, and his master at the opera school.

9) He tends to prefer Hong Kong style filmaking since there's less waiting around, more doing. He said on Rush Hour he found it some what annoying that every time he wanted to do a stunt it would have to be cleared by the safety people and producers. He did say though he thought the technical quality (film stock, sound editing, etc) of American films were much better. He mentioned that over the past few years he's been trying to meld the American and Hong Kong styles. He also noted that every year he puts out an American film (Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon) and a Hong Kong film (Rumble in the Bronx, Who am I?).

10) Jackie gave a lengthy talk about martial arts styles, punctuated be several demonstrations! He mentioned that in his early films he used more traditional, and more beatiful looking styles. More recently he's been working on faster, modern style fights, but he'd like to use some of the old stuff again (another reason he's very happy about the Drunken Master 2 rerelease). He also talked about adapting his style as he gets older to allow for the fact that even he isn't quite as agile as he used to be.

11) Just to make this report go to 11 Chan ended with an exclusive first look at the trailer to his new film, The Accidental Spy, which he also directed. It's set in Turkey, and has Chan through as series of plot twists ending up as a spy. He didn't know yet if the film would get released over here or not. The trailer had some amazing action including a funny bit with Jackie getting pushed around on a slippery floor like an air-hockey puck, the usual fast-and-furious kung fu, some neet car chases and a terrific number with a giant white tarp that drew great applause. Looks to be a terrific film!

So there you have it! Truly a great day down here in Va!

Guy Martin

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  • Sept. 25, 2000, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Drunken Master 2

    by GravyAkira

    Best martial arts film ever made.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Well I don't know man, there's a lot of contenders to that thron

    by Mad Dog

    You gotta be impressed with the techniques used in Fist of Legend, or classically at least, Enter the Dragon or futuristically Crouching Tiger or energetically Police Story or Obscuerly Warriors Two. I don't know which one I would but pick but with all those plus DM2 in my collection I would be a happy fan.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by RightWing Dude

    That movie was supposed to be made 10 years ago and the plot supposedly involved Rambo saving the environment. How lame and PC does that sound? I hope that, if the picture is even made, the film revolves around a different subject. Apparently it will be drugs but haven't we seen drug-dealer villains before in DELTA FORCE 2, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, DIE HARD 2, LICENCE TO KILL, etc? Sorry Sly, been there, done that! Besides, I thought that you had given up on action-roles due to your advancing age.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 7:37 a.m. CST

    My Fav Jackie Chan film

    by *veers*

    I like Heart Of Dragon and Young Master.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Au contre

    by Mad Dog

    Michelle Yeoh never was trained in Martial Arts. She was a dancer. As for Crouching Tiger haven't seen it but got high hopes for it what with the ingrediants it's packing. Yuen woo ping, Ang Lee, Yeoh and Yun Fat. Also got high hopes for that Die hard type film jackie was considering, I think thats the one for him to concentrate on. Although thats just my opinion.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Jackie as a villian?

    by gigolo aunt

    What about Rumble in Hong Kong and Killer Meteor.He plays the bad guy in both those movies.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 9:15 a.m. CST

    new music

    by The_Black_Hair

    It better have the Wong Fei Hung theme music!

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 9:21 a.m. CST

    nothing wrong with dancers

    by The_Black_Hair

    IMO, dancers sometimes make better movie martial artists than real martial artists. In movies, it's not about kickin ass, it's about looking good kickin ass, plain and simple. BTW, Yeoh has been trained in the martial arts anyway so yes, she is a martial artist.... just because she started out as one thing doesn't mean that's all she's ever been doing.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Druken Master 2

    by Nicotine

    I had no idea they were realeasing this again! I just saw it on video & loved it. And I laughed my ass off too. It'll be a good opportunity for those who only know the "American" Jackie Chan movies to see one of the Hong Kong ones on the big screen. I can't wait to see those fights on the big screen!

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 10:41 a.m. CST

    RAMBO 4 (What's This Eye-Vee Crap?): THE OPIUM WARS.

    by Buzz Maverik

    "John, I think I can get you out of here. You'll have to perform another mission." "Gee, sir, this place isn't like the prison rockpile or the Buddhist monastary you got me out of on my last two missions. I like it here. All I have to do is get pumped on the nautilus machine, oil myself up, walk around and pass out towels and these guys give me tips." "I won't ask, John. As usual, your country needs you to refight another war that's none of our business. Nearly 200 years ago, there was some business in the East called the Opium wars." "Do we get to win this time, Colonel?" "This time? We weren't involved in the first place, Private! By the way, that's an interesting line considering that it was written by a guy who could have served in Vietnam but didn't." "It is my understanding, sir, that he tried to join up as ... uh, Mike Stallone." "Right. During 'Nam, anything short of leporsy and they'd take you. Anyway, you'll be fighting a foe who has somehow been alive and not aged since the Opium Wars, we believe through occult means, Sax Rohmer's The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu." "An Asian stereotype, sir?" "Not in the context of the time he was created, kind of like you in the '80s, John." "That's funny, sir, I thought I was created as a character in a novel by David Morrell, and I was killed by a county sheriff when I was around 23 or 24." "Oh, forget it, I'll just get Colonel Braddock and Tex Cobb."

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Humor that doesn't feel "just right"

    by 855K Scoville

    ... In Drunken Master 2, there is a gag in which Jackie Chan's character tries to cover up a problem in a "cute" way and almost causes someone to die. The cover-up attempt is played for laughs, but to me, the attempt makes Jackie Chan's character less likeable/heroic and is therefore not "just right". To me, it's kind of like watching (i) an old movie in which a "lovable drunk" somehow manages to avoid killing numerous pedestrians on a long, meandering drunk drive or (2) an old movie in which an otherwise-lovable character makes supposedly-funny racist comments. To me, such scenes, even when somewhat funny, often detract from the likeability of the character and the movie (unless the character/movie is truly "out there" and not based in reality a la The Three Stooges). It's especially great, and somewhat rare, when a movie feels "just right" and leaves one with *nothing* to complain about. Unforgiven was such a "just right" movie, for me.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I've got the perfect script for a Jackie Chan/Jodie Foster movie

    by Herbert Kornfeld

    Jodie Foster plays this single mother who realizes that her little son is actually very gifted in the ways of kung fu. (Sure Jackie's a little old to play a 12 year old boy, but you'd be surprised what a little make up can do.) So she ships him off to a special school in Hong kong where he learns to speak dubbing. He gets his first real test soon after arriving, where one of the kung-fu school bullies (played by Jackie's pal, Sammo Hung) challenges him to a fight. Unfortuantely, Jackie must forfiet the match when the referee will not allow him to fight in his footie pajamas, nor can he keep his teddy bear in the ring. The script culminates in a televised fight on Chinese television, where Jodie sees her boy get the holy crap beaten out of him. She flies to HK and begins to whup the shit out of Mr. Martial Law (where do you think Jackie's character got it from?) while Little Jackie deals with drug dealers who have hidden an important scientific computer disk in his stash of bootleg Pokemon cards. In the end, Jackie shaves his head, marries his mother, and they are both crowned the King and Queen of Siam. C'mon Hollywood, you know this rocks! Buy it now or regret it later!

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 6:09 p.m. CST

    J.C's too old

    by ungiftedamateur

    I love Jackie Chanin his prime, but unfortunately the last truly great film he did was drunken master 2. Personally, I think his best films also had entertaining plots and humour and was not a case of waiting for the fight scenes ie. Police story 1-3, Project A and A2, the armour of gods. Also, he really did do ALL his stunts there. If you watch say Rumble in the Bronx (e.g at the end when he rolls off a vehicle and misses a lorry), Mr Nice Guy (in the cart chase when he falls out) I think he's doubled. Thunderbolt is particularly bad in the pinball fight scene though he was recovering from an injury. My point is the bloke is getting on 50 and can't fall off clock towers etc. Rather unfairly, I'll put up with anyone else being doubled but hold this genius to a higher standard. I think he's just serving up Jackie-lite now. I think he's lucky he's doing these U.S films so he can blame the watered down action on hollywood. Please retire at the top of your reputation jackie.

  • Sept. 25, 2000, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The Big Brawl

    by 855K Scoville

    ... was one of my favorite Jackie Chan movies. I wonder why no one ever mentions it. It had a small cute story, a roster of goofy characters (old lady/Ruth Gordon, Sifu/Mako, Jackie's exciteable movie dad, Jackie's saucy imposter sister-in-law), and some memorable B-movie dialogue: "They fight like a pack of foreign devils" (by the old lady, Ruth Gordon) "How much do you *charge* to defend yourself?" (by Jackie's movie dad) "Mouth to mouth and all that" (by Jackie's imposter sister-in-law) "CHRIST! Those look like RAZOR CUTS!" (by Jackie's brother) I would recommend renting this old gem, if you can still find it.

  • Sept. 26, 2000, 7:12 a.m. CST

    More on Rush Hour II

    by Ye

    The plot will be Jackie's character rescuing his old buddy (Tucker) who was kidnapped in Hong Kong. The budget is $68 million, doubled that of the original. Jackie will get $17 million and Tucker will get $20 million

  • when he catches the two cooks who poisoned everyone with their shirts off, and the camera pans in low on one guy's nipple. Then Lee says, "So, you're Japanese then!" He identifies the traitors as Japanese (as opposed to Chinese) by their nipples! Don't believe me? Well seconds later, the dude _covers up the offending nipple_. What is up with that? Are nipples racial identifiers? This completes your morning segue.

  • Sept. 26, 2000, 2:01 p.m. CST

    pay scale discrepency and Asian nipples

    by ThereIsNoSpoon

    Jackie is getting less money up front because he's getting a producer credit and a big chunk of the back end. He will probably end up walking away with well over twice as much money as Tucker in the long run after video sales and rentals are tallied. I am 1/2 Asian, I grew up in Asia, roughly half to 2/3ds of my friends are Asian, and I've never noticed a difference between a Chinese nipple and a Japanese one. I have to watch that movie again.

  • Sept. 27, 2000, 12:23 p.m. CST

    It's not the nipples

    by gigolo aunt

    He can tell by his fighting style

  • Sept. 27, 2000, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Re: black hair: Dancers make better martial artists than true ma

    by Phantom Cruiser

    If that's true, then explain Patrick Swayze in "Road House"....