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Hornet seeks new Kato

07.13.2009

Seth Rogen is getting into fighting shape to play pulp hero GREEN HORNET, but he still needs a sidekick to do the heavy punching and kicking.

Originally, Hong Kong superstar Stephen Chow (SHAOLIN SOCCER, KUNG FU HUSTLE) was on the movie, both directing the exploits and co-starring as bodyguard/chauffer Kato. Then he vacated the director's chair (due to the now-familiar "creative differences") but supposedly remained involved in the role previously played by another kung fu idol, Bruce Lee.

But now it seems the part is open to anyone of Asian background -- Spoiler TV dug up a recent open casting call for the part: [KATO] ALL ASIAN ETHNICITIES, Male, 20's - early 40's. Brit Reid's manservant/chauffeur by day and Green Hornet's martial arts-skilled sidekick by night. Actor doesn't have to have Martial Arts experience

Sony has been grappling with the project for a while, and now it appears they're not even necessarily going after a "name" for a major role. Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) is on board to direct and Cameron Diaz has been considering the love interest part.

Rogen penned the script (with co-writer Evan Goldberg) and is putting on the mask to play newspaper owner Britt Reid who, in his spare time, fights crime alongside his loyal high-kicking sidekick.

Extra Tidbit: Wonder if Daniel Dae Kim is too busy with "Lost"? (Yes, I know he's Korean, but if they don't care, neither do I.)
Source: SpoilerTV

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10:07PM on 07/27/2009

Ernie Reyes Jr.

I just heard that Keno the Pizza guy auditioned for Kato and that the read went pretty good. I'll take Ernie as Kato. After the cinematic ass whooping he gave The Rock...I'm down with Ernie.
I just heard that Keno the Pizza guy auditioned for Kato and that the read went pretty good. I'll take Ernie as Kato. After the cinematic ass whooping he gave The Rock...I'm down with Ernie.
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4:33AM on 07/15/2009
Gondry should just have the doll in the picture play the role... and do it all in forced perspective and stop motion.
Gondry should just have the doll in the picture play the role... and do it all in forced perspective and stop motion.
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1:53AM on 07/15/2009

Got it

I finally got it. Ernie Reyes, Jr. Cowabunga Green Hornet.
I finally got it. Ernie Reyes, Jr. Cowabunga Green Hornet.
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12:27AM on 07/15/2009

I wish...

I wish I was asian, and that they were looking for a heavily bearded man with a gut and shaggy hair. Comb your beard at night.
I wish I was asian, and that they were looking for a heavily bearded man with a gut and shaggy hair. Comb your beard at night.
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6:42PM on 07/14/2009

It's obvious who it should be...

Tony Jaa. End of search.
Tony Jaa. End of search.
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3:36PM on 07/14/2009

@fury159

I second a return of Shortround!
I second a return of Shortround!
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3:26PM on 07/14/2009

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I agree, Jason Scott Lee is the perfect Kato. He nailed the part in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and showed he is also good for a laugh in Balls of Fury.

Jason Scott Lee = Kato
I agree, Jason Scott Lee is the perfect Kato. He nailed the part in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and showed he is also good for a laugh in Balls of Fury.

Jason Scott Lee = Kato
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2:06PM on 07/14/2009
@ goldenarmz

Donnie Yen would be alright as for Jet Li, I think he's a little too old for the part.

I think Lee Byeong-Heon would be awesome and yes, he's Korean but he's good. Ever since I saw him All In (a soapie with action, a bit of comedy and an excellent love story) I became an instant fan.

Just give this guy a chance (nothing against Tony Jaa BTW)
@ goldenarmz

Donnie Yen would be alright as for Jet Li, I think he's a little too old for the part.

I think Lee Byeong-Heon would be awesome and yes, he's Korean but he's good. Ever since I saw him All In (a soapie with action, a bit of comedy and an excellent love story) I became an instant fan.

Just give this guy a chance (nothing against Tony Jaa BTW)
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3:57PM on 07/14/2009
I agree Lee Byeong-Heon would be great! A bittersweet life is by far one of my favorite movies and he was gold as the lead. Not to mention his recent The Good The Bad The weird. Trust he has the Chops to play Kato. Does suck about chow though.

For people who haven't seen or even herd of a Bittersweet Life look it up or find it and watch it.
I agree Lee Byeong-Heon would be great! A bittersweet life is by far one of my favorite movies and he was gold as the lead. Not to mention his recent The Good The Bad The weird. Trust he has the Chops to play Kato. Does suck about chow though.

For people who haven't seen or even herd of a Bittersweet Life look it up or find it and watch it.
1:39PM on 07/14/2009
The more news you hear about the problems getting this movie made, the more horrible it sounds to watch. I am a Bruce Lee fan and liked Kato and the Green Hornet, but this sounds like it's going to suck big time. I keep imagining Rogen writing the script as a comedy and I hate the sound of that.
The more news you hear about the problems getting this movie made, the more horrible it sounds to watch. I am a Bruce Lee fan and liked Kato and the Green Hornet, but this sounds like it's going to suck big time. I keep imagining Rogen writing the script as a comedy and I hate the sound of that.
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12:57PM on 07/14/2009
the last poster mentioned Dragon:the bruce lee story why not use Jason Scott Lee he looks the part for sure
the last poster mentioned Dragon:the bruce lee story why not use Jason Scott Lee he looks the part for sure
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11:58AM on 07/14/2009

CLOSER TO THE ORIGINAL THAN YOU THINK!

i never really watched Green Hornet. but i did watch Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story. specifically the scene where they're making Green Hornet. and originally, the Green Hornet himself was pretty lame and didn't do anything except get tied up and yell "Kato!!!!" (Seth Rogen - perfect?) Then Bruce Lee comes in and flips some shit.

They should get Tony Jaa to play Kato. Then Seth Rogen can say all the funny stuff and what not, then just have Jaa take over and flip some shit. it'll be just like
i never really watched Green Hornet. but i did watch Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story. specifically the scene where they're making Green Hornet. and originally, the Green Hornet himself was pretty lame and didn't do anything except get tied up and yell "Kato!!!!" (Seth Rogen - perfect?) Then Bruce Lee comes in and flips some shit.

They should get Tony Jaa to play Kato. Then Seth Rogen can say all the funny stuff and what not, then just have Jaa take over and flip some shit. it'll be just like the original!!!

Tony Jaa's action sequences can carry a movie by itself (Ong Bak, Tom Yum Goong). no matter how inappropriate Seth Rogen might be, i'd still watch the movie for Jaa. I mean, i freaking watched a movie about a kidnapped elephant just to see Jaa's fight scenes. Adding some funny Seth Rogen comments and Hollywood $$ over it would def. make it a movie to watch!
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11:51AM on 07/14/2009

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If you have Seth Rogen playing The Green Hornet, you might as well get Jackie Chan for Kato




lol
If you have Seth Rogen playing The Green Hornet, you might as well get Jackie Chan for Kato




lol
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11:44AM on 07/14/2009

Get

Donnie Yen to be Kato ... or just go with Jet Li and call it a day .
Donnie Yen to be Kato ... or just go with Jet Li and call it a day .
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11:07AM on 07/14/2009
Let's cast Jonathan Ke Quan as Kato, because I wanna see Short Round kicking ass and taking names again....
Let's cast Jonathan Ke Quan as Kato, because I wanna see Short Round kicking ass and taking names again....
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10:39AM on 07/14/2009
Every news update on this film is just bad news. We need a re-boot already.
Every news update on this film is just bad news. We need a re-boot already.
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10:30AM on 07/14/2009
Yeah this was odd to me from the beginning, and I liked the idea of Stephen Chow playing Kato.

I'm actually kind of surprised that Gondry is doing this film.
Yeah this was odd to me from the beginning, and I liked the idea of Stephen Chow playing Kato.

I'm actually kind of surprised that Gondry is doing this film.
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10:16AM on 07/14/2009

Please Don't Do It!!!

Don't do it! Stop this madness. Rogen is NOT right for the part, and the Hornet in no way, shape or form is to have a comedic flair. The Green Hornet always has been and should be treated as a dark, serious piece with the right Britt Reid and a LEGITIMATE Kato with no stereotypes. This is gonna blow. Big Time. And it's a shame because we've waited forever for a big screen treatment. It'll be like the 90's Godzilla. They aren't listening to the real fans nor are they following history.
Don't do it! Stop this madness. Rogen is NOT right for the part, and the Hornet in no way, shape or form is to have a comedic flair. The Green Hornet always has been and should be treated as a dark, serious piece with the right Britt Reid and a LEGITIMATE Kato with no stereotypes. This is gonna blow. Big Time. And it's a shame because we've waited forever for a big screen treatment. It'll be like the 90's Godzilla. They aren't listening to the real fans nor are they following history.
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8:22AM on 07/14/2009
the point at which this film lost all hope of being decent ..."Actor doesn't have to have martial arts experience".
the point at which this film lost all hope of being decent ..."Actor doesn't have to have martial arts experience".
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7:13AM on 07/14/2009

CHIAKI KURIYAMA AKA Go-Go

yeah, i said it.

A kickass female Kato could be funny for Rogen to play off of. Plus, Rogen can make up for those lame villians at the end of Pineapple Express.
yeah, i said it.

A kickass female Kato could be funny for Rogen to play off of. Plus, Rogen can make up for those lame villians at the end of Pineapple Express.
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6:56AM on 07/14/2009

What annoys me isn't that they dropped Chow...

...it's that they've seemed to have dropped all expectations for the role.

Chow is very fine at what he does, and that is a specific type of comedy. If his style isn't going to fit with the type of film they're planning to make then they were right to drop him. I just wish they would have had a clear backup plan, especially considering the film is supposed to be less than a year away from release.
...it's that they've seemed to have dropped all expectations for the role.

Chow is very fine at what he does, and that is a specific type of comedy. If his style isn't going to fit with the type of film they're planning to make then they were right to drop him. I just wish they would have had a clear backup plan, especially considering the film is supposed to be less than a year away from release.
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6:25AM on 07/14/2009

Bring back Stephen Chow!

I'm with GroundlessNFree: They lost me when they dumped Stephen Chow. He's the only guy who can do Kato right.

Even if it's not Chow, it *has* to be someone with a martial arts background. Why not make Kato a female and cast Michelle Yeoh? She can do comedy, and *definitely* knows martial arts.
I'm with GroundlessNFree: They lost me when they dumped Stephen Chow. He's the only guy who can do Kato right.

Even if it's not Chow, it *has* to be someone with a martial arts background. Why not make Kato a female and cast Michelle Yeoh? She can do comedy, and *definitely* knows martial arts.
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4:34AM on 07/14/2009
This could have been epic with Stephen Chow as Kato and directing. Screw whoever botched this.
This could have been epic with Stephen Chow as Kato and directing. Screw whoever botched this.
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4:28AM on 07/14/2009
This movie is going to su-diddly-uck.
This movie is going to su-diddly-uck.
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3:41AM on 07/14/2009

Tim Kang

I'm still unsure about this whole project & I'm thinking another starsky & hutch!!! But I think Tim Kang would be a good choice for Kato. (also Korean but a good choice)
I'm still unsure about this whole project & I'm thinking another starsky & hutch!!! But I think Tim Kang would be a good choice for Kato. (also Korean but a good choice)
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2:59AM on 07/14/2009
Okay, actor does not have to have any Martial Arts experience? I'm sorry, but isn't Kato supposed to be a Martial Arts EXPERT? I like Seth Rogen, but there are some parts/movies you just aren't right for, you know?
Okay, actor does not have to have any Martial Arts experience? I'm sorry, but isn't Kato supposed to be a Martial Arts EXPERT? I like Seth Rogen, but there are some parts/movies you just aren't right for, you know?
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2:58AM on 07/14/2009

Here's an idea:

How about not making this movie? Rogen is not an action hero star, he's just Rogen. Who's honestly excited to see this movie (and that's coming from a Rogen fan)? I'm sure Gondry die-hards could pitch him a better idea for his time.

But I agree with Rbardon, if this must be made, go with Ken Jeong, he's terrific.
How about not making this movie? Rogen is not an action hero star, he's just Rogen. Who's honestly excited to see this movie (and that's coming from a Rogen fan)? I'm sure Gondry die-hards could pitch him a better idea for his time.

But I agree with Rbardon, if this must be made, go with Ken Jeong, he's terrific.
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2:41AM on 07/14/2009

Thats fine

Chow wanted this to be silly as fuck. Think "KungFu Hustle". Yah, keep him the hell away.
Chow wanted this to be silly as fuck. Think "KungFu Hustle". Yah, keep him the hell away.
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1:50AM on 07/14/2009

Ken Jeong

Go with a full comedy and go with him...why not? Ken Jeong is funny...AND Asian.
Go with a full comedy and go with him...why not? Ken Jeong is funny...AND Asian.
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1:46AM on 07/14/2009

Mark Dacascos!

Seriously. The guy was amazing in Brotherhood Of The Wolf, and could use another gig other than hosting Iron Chef. Remember the name, Hornet producers: MARK muthaf*ckin DACASCOS!!!
Seriously. The guy was amazing in Brotherhood Of The Wolf, and could use another gig other than hosting Iron Chef. Remember the name, Hornet producers: MARK muthaf*ckin DACASCOS!!!
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12:50AM on 07/14/2009

I was gonna suggest Tony Jaa..

and say the same thing...Jaa is a fighting beast and it would cool with side by side with Rogen. Sorry drc5145, with Chow the movie would've been a straight comedy.... now it might be an action film...when do they start filming anyway...I feel like that June ( July?) release is gonna be be pushed back.
and say the same thing...Jaa is a fighting beast and it would cool with side by side with Rogen. Sorry drc5145, with Chow the movie would've been a straight comedy.... now it might be an action film...when do they start filming anyway...I feel like that June ( July?) release is gonna be be pushed back.
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12:16AM on 07/14/2009
That sucks to lose Chow =(
That sucks to lose Chow =(
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