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THE MOVIE: Shanghai Knights

THE STARS:
Jackie Chan • Owen Wilson
DIRECTOR: David Dobkin

Time wasters…? THE CONCEPT:
Following the success of Shanghai Noon, Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan reprise their roles as Roy O’Bannon and Chon Wang, as they leave the American West for London, circa 1880, when they discover a worldwide conspiracy to murder the Royal family.

U.S. RELEASE: February 7 2003, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

DAVID DOBKIN:
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating this sequel was already knowing the voices of the characters, which allowed us more opportunity to explore the humor in their relationship. The comedy stems from conflicts between Wang and Roy’s different cultures and personalities, which we heightened by putting Wang’s sister in the mix.”

OWEN WILSON:
: “I knew by the end of the last movie, we were having a good time and thought that it would be fun to do a sequel, but you’ve got to wait and see what an audience says. Some people saw it in theatres, it had a second and third chance on video and DVD, it found a following and it allowed us to make the second one. And I was always excited about the chance to play Roy again, because I think the character is funny and so I had lots of ideas.”

JACKIE CHAN on if he still does all of his own stunts:
“Yes, I do the best I can. If it’s jumping a hundred stories, no I’m not going to do that. But this kind of thing, nobody is better than me, how can I use a stuntman? I use the things I can do, if it’s something I cannot do I’m not going to do it. Now I choreograph the fights myself, so I do the things I really know how to do.”

OWEN:
“I’m not that into doing the fight scenes. And for my character it’s better that I have to be the loveable coward. I do enjoy watching Jackie do them, but the problem is if I show up to watch Jackie doing those scenes, then he’s going to see me and he’s going to put me into a fight scene, so I try to stay away and not give him any ideas.”

DAVID DOBKIN:
“There is absolutely no one else doing the kind of physical action comedy that Jackie Chan does. He’s our Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. His comedic antics are also a throwback to Abbott and Costello, so we’ve chosen in this movie to wink at the same genre they sent up. And Owen – he’s an extremely gifted comic and writer. He’s a master of linguistic gymnastics.”

JACKIE CHAN on Buster Keaton:
“My fans from Japan and America would say to me, ‘Jackie, you really look like Buster Keaton.’ Then they sent me the videos. I looked at them and thought, ‘Wow, the things I do are similar.’”

OWEN WILSON:
“I’d gotten to be friends with Jackie on the first film. The way Jackie works, he goes on the set and looks around, and he sees something and he incorporates that into the scene. That was a really nice way for me to work too, because I don’t like to be tied down to the script if the scene doesn’t work when you get on the set. I like it to be free.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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