Jackie Chan had some fighting words for his Rush Hour series costar, Chris Tucker. On Tuesday’s Today Show, Chan appeared as a special guest to promote his intense new action-thriller The Foreigner. However, the 63-year-old martial artist, actor, and living legend wasn’t above stirring up some real life drama of his own.
When the conversation moved to discussion of a Rush Hour 4 movie, the normally carefree performer did not mince words. He spoke candidly about the negotiations, stating that “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.”
Now, Jackie Chan is an incredibly charismatic and whimsical fellow, but a threat is a threat. Chan indicated that he wanted to move forward with a Rush Hour 4 regardless of his costar’s wishes: “If you’re not going to do it, the beginning of the movie: funeral–he died,” Chan proposed. “His son takes over.”
The first Rush Hour debuted in 1998 with Jackie Chan playing Detective Han, a serious, no nonsense Hong Kong detective who must join forces with Chris Tucker’s Detective Carter, a loud, irreverent officer from the LAPD. While the movie received mixed to positive reviews, it became a huge hit amongst both American and Chinese audiences, grossing over $244 million worldwide. Chan and Tucker’s onscreen comedic timing and chemistry in particular received great praise.
The 2001 and 2007 sequels were largely panned by critics, though both continued to make big returns at the box office.
It would seem that 10 years has done little to mend the relationship between the two actors.
In 2007, Chan complained about Tucker profusely to the Associated Press, saying, “He wants too much power. The movie company hasn’t obliged. He wants final editing rights and the final look at the movie and so on.”
Right now, it looks like Jackie Chan is the only person in a rush to make a Rush Hour 4 happen.