Film: Do you understand the words comin’ outta my mouth?


Jackie Chan made news at the geeky film sites earlier in the week with a statement that he is looking to do another film project with Chris Tucker.  The new project would not be another “Rush Hour” movie, because Chan says he did not like how much time it took in between the films to get another one started.

So what does this mean?

1) It is 2008, and there is somebody in the mainstream film industry that actually WANTS to work with Chris Tucker.

2) If Chan’s complaint about the times in between films rings true, we could see a lot of Chan-Tucker action in a short period of time.

This kinda irks me.  First, I first became aware of Tucker approximately 10 years ago in the first “Rush Hour” movie, and he has yet to do anything that has even made me laugh.  If Jackie Chan wanted to work with Chris Rock, why doesn’t he just work with Chris Rock?

Secondly, Jackie Chan needs to be way more discerning and self-aware when choosing films to make.  He’s getting way up in age, so he can’t do the straight-out, self-sacrificing action movies he did in the 80’s and into the 90’s.

But at the same time, he’s Jackie Chan!  He could have his pick of any costar in Hollywood, in any movie he’d want, and he keeps choosing costars like Tucker and Jennifer Love Hewitt, and movies like “The Tuxedo,” and “Around the World in 80 Days?”

I mean, I may sound biased, but I would be more inclined to get behind this initiative if ANY of the Rush Hour films were any good.  As far as I’m concerned, that was three strikes Chan and Tucker are out.

Personally, I would vote for Jackie Chan and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to team up for a movie.  If you were to get a competent young director to do it (Read: NOT RUSH HOUR’S BRETT RATNER), you could have one of the best buddy-cop style movies of recent memory.  I say Bryan Singer directing and Willem Dafoe as the bad guy, and you’ve got gold, Jerry, gold!


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