Director: Michel Gondry
Actors: Christoph Waltz, Jay Chou, Seth Rogen
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action comedy film based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a television series, comic books, and other media.
Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles’ “The Daily Sentinel” after the sudden death of his father. Britt’s party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero “The Green Hornet”.
- After the rights to The Green Hornet property were purchased by Miramax in 2001, Kevin Smith was attached to write and direct the film in 2004, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. The story had Britt Reid aka Green Hornet and Kato as old men in retirement, with Britt Reid Jr. aka Green Hornet II (Gyllenhaal) and Kato’s daughter donning their fathers’ masks to combat a new evil. Smith pulled out of directing due to an insecurity of directing with such a large budget. He stayed on as writer and wrote two drafts, but with no further progress with the script, the rights were let go and purchased by Columbia Pictures. Then, Seth Rogen, who had starred in Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), became attached to star and write a wholly different screenplay. Smith’s screenplay was adapted into a comic book miniseries called “Green Hornet: Sins of the Father,” published by Dynamite before the movie’s release.
- One of the drawings in Kato’s sketchbook is of Bruce Lee, who played Kato in The Green Hornet (1966).
- Seth Rogen shed 30 pounds to play the titular role.
- When Britt Reid and Kato first go out to vandalize the statue, their disguises closely resemble the costumes of the early incarnations of the Green Hornet and Kato of the film serials The Green Hornet (1940) and The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940).
- Asian pop star Jay Chou got the role of Kato after a video conference with Seth Rogen was set up. He was invited to do a screen test – the filmmakers did not know he was a famous singer in Asia up until the last moments.
- A poster for The Lone Ranger can be seen in Britt Reid’s room. In the original radio program, Reid was the The Lone Ranger’s grandnephew. His father rode with The Lone Ranger on some of his adventures and they shared the family name of Reid. Both radio programs were created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.
- The reference to Twilight (2008) is changed in international versions of the film (whether dubbed or subtitled) so that the reference makes sense in context. For example in France the characters reference Sunset Blvd. (1950) instead.
- Eddie Murphy lobbied heavily for the part of Britt Reid back in 1992.
- George Clooney was cast as Britt Reid back in the mid-nineties but dropped out to star in The Peacemaker (1997).
- 29 copies of the Black Beauty were made from scrounged 1964, 1965, and 1966 Chrysler Imperials, many of which were rusted out and had to be rebuilt. Only three survived production intact.
- During the initial confrontation outside the hibachi restaurant, Kato punches a henchman through a window using a very fast short punch. This is an homage to Bruce Lee’s famous “one-inch punch”, which was said to be able to knock a person off their feet with a strike that only moved one inch.
- When Britt and Kato are watching themselves on the news running away from vandalizing the statue, Kato does not see himself on screen. He reasons he is “too fast for the camera”. When Bruce Lee played Kato in The Green Hornet (1966) TV series they filmed his fight scenes at a faster rate because he was “too fast for the camera”.
- In late 2008, Stephen Chow was set to direct and co-star as Kato. However, creative differences prevented him from doing so although, for a while, it seemed he was still set to play Kato when Michel Gondry became attached. Seth Rogen stated the reason for Chow’s departure was that the director wanted Kato to implant Britt with a microchip and control him with a joystick, something Rogen wasn’t keen on.
- The film’s release date was originally the day that an adaptation of another emerald hero was to be released, Green Lantern (2011). The latter was postponed until summer
- Nicolas Cage was initially cast as Chudnofsky, but dropped out. He intended to play the role with a Jamaican accent, much to director Michel Gondry’s dismay.
- ‘The Green Hornet’ was originally a radio show, first broadcast in 1936 and running to 1952. Although there were two serials in 1940 (The Green Hornet (1940) with 13 chapters and The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940) with 15 chapters), the last six chapters of the first one re-edited into a 100-minute feature and several episodes of The Green Hornet (1966) were edited together into a pair of 90-minute films, this is the first original feature-length Hollywood treatment of the costumed hero.
- Jet Li had a pay-or-play deal for the role of Kato back when the Weinsteins had the rights.
- Kato says he’s from Shanghai, to which Britt replies that he loves Japan. Kato was originally Japanese in the radio series from 1936 until 1939. Due to world events, the character’s nationality was changed briefly to Korean before settling on Filipino for nearly all of the 1940s. In the 1960s, Chinese-American athlete Bruce Lee’s definitive portrayal fixed the public perception of Kato as Chinese for The Green Hornet (1966), although subsequent versions in other media such as comic books have sometimes reverted to the original Japanese origin.
- George Clooney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Wahlberg and Vince Vaughn were previously considered to play the lead role.
- Jay Chou improvised the “I don’t want to touch you” line seen in the trailer.
- Michel Gondry was initially set to direct the film for Universal Pictures back in 1997, for what was to be his directorial debut. The script was written by Edward Neumeier and featured a villain who ate human hearts. Gondry initially wanted Vince Vaughn for the lead, but the parts of Britt and Kato were offered to Mark Wahlberg and Jason Scott Lee.
- The exterior of the Daily Sentinel building is the Creative Artists Agency building in Century City.
- James Wan was considered to direct before Michel Gondry came aboard.
- Abbie Cornish was in early talks to play Lenore.
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