French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) breaks down why we need to get stung by his Green Hornet.
1. It’s a full-blown action movie written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
“Remember how in Pineapple Express the action was pretty awesome? It’s something they really like to write. Plus, they’re hilarious.”
2. It features the second coming of Bruce Lee.
“Jay Chou, who plays Kato—Bruce Lee played him on the TV show—is Seth’s sidekick and chauffeur. He’s a big actor and musician in Asia who plays in a band that packs in stadiums over there. We called him the Asian Steve McQueen because he pulled the most coolness out of any line or scene.”
3. That Nazi guy sure is funny.
“Most everyone will know Christoph Waltz as the bad guy in Inglourious Basterds. In The Green Hornet ¿he plays a gangster who has a midlife crisis and becomes this supervillain. It’s scary, but also very funny and real because it’s something everyone can identify with.”
4. The hero’s car isn’t some souped-up remake—it’s an original!
“The show’s ’65 Chrysler Imperial is just too cool. Normally, the studio will get millions from an auto company to use their car [think Dodge Charger in Transformers 3]. We tried, believe me. But I think, in this case, the financial crisis helped us.”