It’s been ten years since the last Rush Hour movie opened in theaters to the universal disgust of critics but relative enthusiasm from moviegoers, making $258 million at the box office. Now, Jackie Chan is looking to get the band back together for a sequel.
The 63-year-old actor and self-defense instructor tried to stir up some hype for Rush Hour 4 during an appearance yesterday on the Today Show to promote his latest martial arts flick, The Foreigner. During that broadcast, and another appearance following it on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Chan repeatedly tried to bully his former co-star Chris Tucker into signing onto a sequel, threatening that if he does not, the new movie will open with his funeral.
“If you’re not going to do it, the beginning of the movie: funeral, he died,” Chan said. “His son take over.”
Chan first teased Rush Hour 4 in a radio interview last Thursday, saying that he had already agreed to a script and was just waiting for his partner-in-crime-fighting to sign on as well.
“For the last seven years we’ve been turning down the script, turning down the script… yesterday we just agreed. Probably end of this month they’ll have a second draft. Next year, they’ll probably start, I hope — if Chris Tucker agrees,” Chan said.
In the first Rush Hour film, Chan played a dedicated Hong Kong detective who is teamed up with a loud, over-the-top LAPD detective, played by Tucker, and tasked with rescuing the Chinese consul’s kidnapped daughter. The premise made for a bearable action-comedy that was even somewhat enjoyable at points. However, not so much for the sequels, which stretched the premise thin and repeated gags and jokes from the first movie with limited success. There is likely little hope that a fourth movie would help to redeem the series.
A decade ago, Chan also blamed his buddy Tucker with delaying Rush Hour 3, which took six long years to come out. Since the turn of the century, Tucker has only acted in four movies: Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3, Silver Linings Playbook and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
By Máté Mohos
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