Video:Green Hornet Interviews - Jay Chou and Jamie Harriswith Rebecca Murray
Fans lined up for hours along Hollywood Blvd to get a glimpse of 'The Green Hornet' stars, with Jay Chou's fans among the most vocal. At the premiere, Chou and one of the film's bad guys, Jamie Harris, talked about the first big action movie of 2011.See Transcript
Transcript:Green Hornet Interviews - Jay Chou and Jamie HarrisRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the LA Premiere of Columbia Pictures' The Green Hornet.
Jay Chou - 'Kato' in The Green HornetTell me the Black Beauty. You get to drive it?
Jay Chou: "Oh, of course. I get to drive it. In my country I have the Batmobile."
Jay Chou: "For real."
Are you going to get one of these?
Jay Chou: "I'm going to ship it from Beverly [Hills] to Taiwan and replace the Batmobile. I'm serious. I'm not kidding."
Tell me about working with Seth Rogen.
Jay Chou: "Seth is very nice. Sometimes he's my English teacher. He can teach me English. He can change the words. If the words are very difficult to say, he can change because he writes the script."
Was it tough for you to do the action because you haven't done a big action movie before?
Jay Chou: "Yeah, but I actually was a singer so I don't have a real martial arts background. I grew up with Jackie Chan's movies. Anything about kung fu I'm very interested in. That's what I have."
What are audiences really going to love about The Green Hornet?
Jay Chou: "Because they don't have superpowers. They are just normal persons, like real."
Jamie Harris - 'Popeye' in The Green HornetHow are you doing?
Jamie Harris: "Good. How are you?"
Good. So tell me about working on this.
Jamie Harris: "This car looks so cool. It's ridiculous. I want a car like that."
They should have given them as wrap gifts.
Jamie Harris: "You would have thought, instead of the old jumper, get a car. And what was the question?"
Just tell me about working on it.
Jamie Harris: "Oh, fantastic. The car! What more do you need to know about it? It was great fun. I had one eye throughout the entire thing. I lose my eye in it. And yeah, I worked with Christoph Waltz. We had great fun. All the bad guys we were remarkably [not together]. That's all I remember. We couldn't even find The Green Hornet. We try and kill everybody who's dressed in green because we can't find The Green Hornet. It was a lot of fun. I've never had such fun being a bad guy before, actually."
So I hear Michel Gondry likes to put his actors through the stunts and actually put you in harm's way.
Jamie Harris: "There was like, honestly, I can remember twice. There's a big explosion in the film where you see us walk away sort of cooly and in character. We were all convinced that our backs of our heads were on fire. If you watch the film in slow motion, I think we're all twitching like this. We're hoping that you're going to be looking the other way. And the other one was these cars that just kept falling near your head throughout the entire film."
Jamie Harris: "Yeah, and that was my first day on the set. I didn't want to say anything. I was the new guy, I didn't want to say, 'What the f**k is going on?!' And these cars are just falling. Me and Chad Coleman, who's a great actor, we were sitting there going, 'What is happening here? Where are the stunt people?' We are the cheap stunt people, I think. That's exactly what we were."
So was it less hectic on the Rise of the Apes set?
Jamie Harris: "Oh, yeah, well that was different. I was beaten up by 300 apes and Andy Serkis is phenomenal. But he really gets into character so he's dragging you around as the main ape. You're literally being thrown around everywhere and I was trying to say, 'Andy, it's a rehearsal.' But no, I was just being thrown around. So that was different, but equally as exciting."
He's not dressed as an ape as he's doing this.
Jamie Harris: "No. He has this suit on with all these green dots. But he has this...I mean, the first time he wails as the ape, it's very disconcerting. You literally thought this character was screaming at you. And then all these other guys do all these ape movements. It's quite disconcerting."
Would it have been less had they been in an ape suit?
Jamie Harris: "I would have just laughed. To see someone in an ape suit seems a bit silly, doesn't it? It's all very furry."
What do you think about them bringing the Planet of the Apes franchise back? Is it time?
Jamie Harris: "Yeah, I think it is. Also, the script is an amazing story. It's told very differently. It's a very humane feel to it. So yeah, I think so. Although, you know, the '60s - they were great movies. But now I think with technology and also the storyline was much more heartfelt."
And it's a prequel.
Jamie Harris: "Yes. And if I say anything more I'll probably get lynched. I'll get put on my own little island somewhere, which should be another movie. That will be like a documentary - me alone on an island."
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