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Kurt Russell on the Big Trouble in Little China remake: "Good Luck"

10.27.2015

I think it's safe to say that John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is a beloved cult classic, so when news came that Dwayne Johnson was going to produce and star in a remake of the film, fans were noticeably annoyed by this development. In fact, the backlash was so severe that Dwayne Johnson himself felt he had to respond by reassuring fans of his love and respect for the original film. Johnson also revealed that he would be bringing John Carpenter on-board in some capacity, but that if the whole thing started to "stink up", they would move on and call it a day.

While fans were glad to hear that their criticism's were being heard, they remained skeptical; as does the star of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, the one and only Kurt Russell. The actor spoke with Collider during a press-tour for BONE TOMAHAWK and, while he questions their reasons for remaking the film, wished them luck:

You know, I heard they were gonna remake Big Trouble in Little China, I heard they were gonna make Overboard, they were gonna remake some Disney stuff. I mean, I don’t know, I guess it’s that time now. Hey, you know, nothing sacred, why not? Go get it, good luck. I always think it’s interesting what’s gonna be done. Dwayne Johnson, I don’t know what his take on it is gonna be, I don’t know what they’re gonna do. I always look at those movies when I see a remake and it’s like, “Ok… there’s gotta be a reason." With Big Trouble in Little China John and I, I know we did something that at that time was –The sensibility of that movie was very different, no movie had been made like that, and virtually you flip-flopped the leading man and the [sidekick], you flip-flopped those roles, that had never been done. And a lot of the humor and the style of that movie was brand new for that time and was very much copied after that, so in its way Big Trouble is definitely a cult film. So I don’t know what their reasons are for remaking the movie but I hope that they have the right reasons and I hope that they do it well and good luck, what can I say? I don’t know, I don’t have thoughts other than that. Hang in there, good luck, go get em'.

Like Russell, I continue to question what can be gained by remaking the film, but I've always found Dwayne Johnson completely watchable, no matter the quality of film he's in, so if anyone is going to remake BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, I'm glad it's him. However, when it comes to remaking anything, especially when you're dealing with a much-loved original, please make it different; take the foundation of the original but do something new with it, give us something which stands apart so we're not endlessly comparing the two as I doubt many of us want to see the films we love simply updated with a modern sheen and an overabundance of CG. Of course, Hollywood could always choose to pursue more original projects but...yeah.

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Source: Collider

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3:05PM on 10/28/2015

Rundown 2 instead...

this would be better, leave Big Trouble alone
this would be better, leave Big Trouble alone
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5:08PM on 10/28/2015
Thanks for saying it, I would love a to get a sequel to the Rundown.
Thanks for saying it, I would love a to get a sequel to the Rundown.
11:20PM on 10/28/2015
yes the rundown 2, would be cool to see! bring back sean william scott.
yes the rundown 2, would be cool to see! bring back sean william scott.
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1:13PM on 10/28/2015

I'm torn over the casting...

I agree that Dwayne Johnson is always watchable. Not the greatest actor, but even at his worst, he's still massively entertaining. That said, I just don't see him playing Jack. He's got charisma and intensity, but I don't think he can pull off Russell's cocky, sarcastic every-man persona. That said, I'd rather not see the movie remade at all. It seems like an odd film to remake in the first place. Why pick a cult classic that bombed at the box office the first time around?
I agree that Dwayne Johnson is always watchable. Not the greatest actor, but even at his worst, he's still massively entertaining. That said, I just don't see him playing Jack. He's got charisma and intensity, but I don't think he can pull off Russell's cocky, sarcastic every-man persona. That said, I'd rather not see the movie remade at all. It seems like an odd film to remake in the first place. Why pick a cult classic that bombed at the box office the first time around?
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8:15AM on 10/29/2015
Exactly what you said......
Exactly what you said......
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9:26AM on 10/28/2015
"I always look at those movies when I see a remake and it’s like, “Ok… there’s gotta be a reason."" Exactly! I'm not a fan of THE THING, but I appreciated that it wasn't a copy & paste of THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. THE THING 2011 was one... despite being a prequel instead of a remake.
"I always look at those movies when I see a remake and it’s like, “Ok… there’s gotta be a reason."" Exactly! I'm not a fan of THE THING, but I appreciated that it wasn't a copy & paste of THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. THE THING 2011 was one... despite being a prequel instead of a remake.
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5:23AM on 10/28/2015
Their reason, money. That is why they fail.
Their reason, money. That is why they fail.
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12:37AM on 10/28/2015
People still complaining about remakes when everything that's been remade has already been swept under the rug. What remake has successfully superseded it's predecessor? Just a handful. Scarface, The Thing... No matter what comes out, people still love and show replays of the most popular iteration on TV. Does anybody think we'll still be talking about the Poltergeist movie from this year?
People still complaining about remakes when everything that's been remade has already been swept under the rug. What remake has successfully superseded it's predecessor? Just a handful. Scarface, The Thing... No matter what comes out, people still love and show replays of the most popular iteration on TV. Does anybody think we'll still be talking about the Poltergeist movie from this year?
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12:20AM on 10/28/2015

you think this is bad?

wait until we're old and all these remakes are, themselves, being remade...
wait until we're old and all these remakes are, themselves, being remade...
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11:39PM on 10/27/2015
There is no way they capture style of the original film. Simply no way. Frankly I doubt Carpenter could even do it If he tried now. The original is such a unique film in so many ways. I'm personally not the biggest fan in the world but people who are love everything about it. Seeing the effects done with CGI won't be the same nor will the tone. And I'll say it again, Dwayne Johnson is not, and never will be, worth mentioning in the same sentence as Kurt Russel.
There is no way they capture style of the original film. Simply no way. Frankly I doubt Carpenter could even do it If he tried now. The original is such a unique film in so many ways. I'm personally not the biggest fan in the world but people who are love everything about it. Seeing the effects done with CGI won't be the same nor will the tone. And I'll say it again, Dwayne Johnson is not, and never will be, worth mentioning in the same sentence as Kurt Russel.
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11:33PM on 10/27/2015

Smells like, looks like.... yep.

Everyone knows this will be a TURD. LMAO... The Rock can't hold a candle to Kurt. It's like only idiots work at the studios these days.
Everyone knows this will be a TURD. LMAO... The Rock can't hold a candle to Kurt. It's like only idiots work at the studios these days.
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10:05PM on 10/27/2015
That's a very genuine sounding response. Green box for saying what we were all thinking.
That's a very genuine sounding response. Green box for saying what we were all thinking.
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9:27PM on 10/27/2015
Well, Mr. Russell, I think the reason for remaking Big Trouble in Little China is Money. The movie was the product of its time and it's such a classic. I'm confident in The Rock in being the leading man of the movie, should he stay on the project.
Well, Mr. Russell, I think the reason for remaking Big Trouble in Little China is Money. The movie was the product of its time and it's such a classic. I'm confident in The Rock in being the leading man of the movie, should he stay on the project.
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