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No Kato for Chow?

12.23.2008

Kato, The Green Hornet Just a few days ago, we learned the disappointing news that Asian megastar Stephen Chow would not be directing the GREEN HORNET, in which Seth Rogen stars as the titular masked crime fighter who runs a newspaper by day and kicks bad guy ass by night, but he had apparently at least still remained on board as the Hornet's martial arts expert sidekick Kato. However, Chow is now doubtful about playing Kato. He's very interested in an original superhero project with Jack Black, apparently has a very small window to get that started and thinks playing Kato will ruin his chances of doing so. He says, "The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea." He goes on to mention that starring as Kato will depend on his schedule. Bummer.

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6:26AM on 12/24/2008
He probably smelled the same turdburger I did when I heard Seth Rogen was writing AND starring in this [link]
He probably smelled the same turdburger I did when I heard Seth Rogen was writing AND starring in this [link]
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2:45AM on 12/24/2008
First off, I love Kevin Smith. He's a massive inspiration for me.

On that note, he had a chance to do this and bowed out because he realized he can't direct action for the life of him.

They offered him the writing job, plus asked if he wanted to direct it. The further he got on it the more he realized he couldn't do it.

This was several years ago. The story in more detail is on "Evening Harder".

Sorry, but the most action he's done is the fight scene between Cock Knocker and
First off, I love Kevin Smith. He's a massive inspiration for me.

On that note, he had a chance to do this and bowed out because he realized he can't direct action for the life of him.

They offered him the writing job, plus asked if he wanted to direct it. The further he got on it the more he realized he couldn't do it.

This was several years ago. The story in more detail is on "Evening Harder".

Sorry, but the most action he's done is the fight scene between Cock Knocker and Bluntman and Chronic in "Jay and Silent Bob".

If Kevin himself has no confidence in his action direction then why should we?

I have no thoughts on who should direct this. But I think Chow would've been a great choice for Kato.
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1:19AM on 12/24/2008
Tony Jaa was my first pick to play Kato. Can't say I'm all that surprised by Chow's departure. After him stepping down as director it seemed only a matter of time.

And I second the nomination for Kevin Smith as director.
Tony Jaa was my first pick to play Kato. Can't say I'm all that surprised by Chow's departure. After him stepping down as director it seemed only a matter of time.

And I second the nomination for Kevin Smith as director.
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11:20PM on 12/23/2008
I agree with you guys about Tony Jaa. But unfortunately you would have to pry his ass off of his pet elephant with a crowbar to get him to do a film outside of Thailand.
I agree with you guys about Tony Jaa. But unfortunately you would have to pry his ass off of his pet elephant with a crowbar to get him to do a film outside of Thailand.
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11:00PM on 12/23/2008

what the fuck!??

he's really trying to avoid this like the plaque isnít he?
says alot about the flick doesn't it?
as for direction, Kevin Smith??
he's really trying to avoid this like the plaque isnít he?
says alot about the flick doesn't it?
as for direction, Kevin Smith??
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10:42PM on 12/23/2008
I'm probably one of the only people who's atually happy about this. I like Chow's stuff, but he does comedies, and I think the prospect of doing a superhero comedy is what attracted Chow to this project to begin with, the fact that he's leaving gives me hope that this might be a serious take on the character after all. Besides, if this project is turning out different from what Chow was told it woild be then he has every right to leave.

I agree with crookman, Tony Jaa would be my personal
I'm probably one of the only people who's atually happy about this. I like Chow's stuff, but he does comedies, and I think the prospect of doing a superhero comedy is what attracted Chow to this project to begin with, the fact that he's leaving gives me hope that this might be a serious take on the character after all. Besides, if this project is turning out different from what Chow was told it woild be then he has every right to leave.

I agree with crookman, Tony Jaa would be my personal pick for Kato as well.
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10:21PM on 12/23/2008

bummer not, good thing it is

Had he directed it, great, but as plain martial artist he is not that gifted. As he freely admits himself. The truly exceptional martial dancing panther Bruce Lee should only be replaced by someone at least as gifted as Tony Jaa. His voice is squeaky, so what, he can just be the silent one. Or not, him being so skinny and squeaky-voiced just makes his skills more impressive.
Had he directed it, great, but as plain martial artist he is not that gifted. As he freely admits himself. The truly exceptional martial dancing panther Bruce Lee should only be replaced by someone at least as gifted as Tony Jaa. His voice is squeaky, so what, he can just be the silent one. Or not, him being so skinny and squeaky-voiced just makes his skills more impressive.
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10:12PM on 12/23/2008
kinda sucks, huh?
kinda sucks, huh?
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9:54PM on 12/23/2008
It sucks enough that he won't be directing - now he might not even be in it! I suppose it isn't too bad, the original project with Jables could be a new classic. I love Rogen, but he doesn't have as much acting ability as Black.
It sucks enough that he won't be directing - now he might not even be in it! I suppose it isn't too bad, the original project with Jables could be a new classic. I love Rogen, but he doesn't have as much acting ability as Black.
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8:52PM on 12/23/2008

Damn..

Well if Chow moves on, maybe they can get Donnie Yen, he's not known for comedy be he can choreograph and kick ass.
Well if Chow moves on, maybe they can get Donnie Yen, he's not known for comedy be he can choreograph and kick ass.
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