E-NEWS: Chan Not Impressed By "Rush Hour" Franchise

E-NEWS: Chan Not Impressed By "Rush Hour" Franchise

Published October 10, 2007

Posted Oct. 1, 2007 -- Even though millions of moviegoers loved the "Rush Hour" franchise, co-star Jackie Chan wasn't feeling the movies so much.

Chan said when he made the first installment of the "Rush Hour" series in 1998 he only wanted to test the U.S. market, but wasn't expecting much.

"When we finished filming, I felt very disappointed because it was a movie I didn't appreciate and I did not like the action scenes involved. I felt the style of action was too Americanized and I didn't understand the American humor," Chan said in a blog entry on his Web site seen Sunday.

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Chan said "Rush Hour 3" was just more of the same for him, and that he made it for the "irresistible" money he was offered and to satisfy the fans.

"Nothing particularly exciting stood out that made this movie special for me ... I spent four months making this film and I still don't fully understand the humor," he said, adding the comedic scenes may be lost on Asian audiences.

"Rush Hour" was Chan's first movie to break $100 million at the U.S. box office, earning $141 million, according to the box office tracking Web site, Box Office Mojo. "Rush Hour 2" made $226 million and "Rush Hour 3" has earned $137 million so far.

Chan has been known to be blase about his Hollywood work. He said in a 2005 interview with The Associated Press that he uses the high salary he earns in the U.S. to fund Chinese-language projects that truly interest him.

He also showed little enthusiasm for his latest Hollywood project, "The Forbidden Kingdom," which marks his first on-screen collaboration with fellow action star Jet Li.

Written by BET-Staff


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