Asian Heartthrob Jay Chou is Kato in ‘The Green Hornet’

For the pivotal role of Kato, the technical whiz kid and sidekick to The Green Hornet, the filmmakers turned to Asian pop star Jay Chou (“Curse of the Golden Flower”).

In the 3D action comedy “The Green Hornet,” Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato, they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves. Protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.

Chou is one of Asia’s biggest stars – the King of Asian Pop, according to Time Magazine. He’s sold over 32 million albums and has had Asia’s top-selling album for 10 years running. Some Americans may not know his name yet, but they will – to Asian-Americans, he is an enormous star, capable of selling out a 100,000-seat venue like the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

After an initial audition over Skype, the studio flew Chou in from Taiwan and were immediately struck. “There was something about the chemistry between Seth and Jay that reminded me of the classic buddy movie pairings,” says producer Neal H. Moritz. “He has a star quality when he’s on screen that makes you think, ‘I want to watch this guy.’”

“It was immediately clear that he was super cool,” says co-star Rogen. “He’s really charismatic, he’s handsome, he has that cool hair. He’d never take orders from a guy like Britt Reid.” That made him perfect for the part.

“The Green Hornet is ‘the hero,’ but it’s Kato who does everything,” says director Michel Gondry. “That’s a great twist on the hero-sidekick thing – the sidekick is the real hero, but he gets no credit.”

Chou feels that the team is “balanced,” he says. “They are from different backgrounds, but they are like brothers. Britt is the funny one, Kato is a little bit more serious.”

Of course, Chou was intrigued by playing a role that not only Bruce Lee made famous, but was the role that made Lee a star. In Lee’s performance, Chou says, Lee “filled the little gaps with coolness, which was exactly what the character needed. His performance was about attitude.”

But Gondry says that while Chou may have been inspired to bring his own attitude to the role, Chou also makes the part his own. “I’m sure it was difficult for him; the legacy and aura of Bruce Lee is gigantic. So his approach was not to do any imitation of Bruce Lee at all. It became pretty clear that he was very, very cool in a very different way. He had Kato’s confidence, every step of the way.”

“He completely pulled off everything that we thought he could do, but more so, because he was even cooler than we thought he could be,” says Rogen. “We’re not cool, so we weren’t prepared for how cool he could be.”

“The Green Hornet” opens across the Philippines Jan. 19, and is available on IMAX 3D in SM North EDSA and SM City Cebu, and in Digital 3D and regular format. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

20 Comments on Asian Heartthrob Jay Chou is Kato in ‘The Green Hornet’

  1. iCa_cHenG // January 23, 2011 at 2:37 am //

    Just saw the movie and it was great! Not your typical super-hero formula. Really witty and funny. Loved Jay Chou in it!

  2. Jay chou is the RNB prince of asia and the hottest asian male star.

    a talented singer and actor
    an award-winning director
    a superb pianist
    and a well trained kung fu artist

  3. piolo pascual retokado // January 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm //

    piolo is certified retokado. check out w w w . retokado . weebly . com

  4. Zhou Jie Lun Chinese Name nya! I can’t wait to watch this.

  5. I saw Jay Chou in BEijing… He is such a crowd pleaser! asteeeg! Galing ng vocals!

  6. Anonymous // January 15, 2011 at 9:31 am //

    ang cute talaga ni jay chou!!!

  7. you better watch MEGAMIND to clear your mind hahaha, kanguso ka nga talaga,heroes are not born,they are made!

  8. Anonymous // January 15, 2011 at 2:56 am //

    bat may angel na naman d2? kapamilya ako pro ayaw ko ng remake na galing pa sa hollywood…colonial mentality talaga ng ibang pinoy dito…copy cat

  9. jay chou! awesome! 😀

  10. Anonymous // January 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm //

    extended ang imortal until June 2011 .. and by January 2012 ilalabas ang book 2 ng imortal.

  11. haay naku tong mga fans ni angel kahit walang kinalaman sa topic puro todo promote sa show

    calling starmo gawa kayo article about angel kawawa kasi fans eh kung saan saan nagcocomment di marunong magbasa

  12. @2 hoy impakta bakit ikaw ba maganda kapal ng face mo bakla

    oh well di kita masisi kasi maganda sa paningin mo si pokwang, melai at jason kasi kamukha mo sila


    gaga totoo naman chaka face nyang seth na yan kasi usually mga superhero mga hunk at gwapo

  13. Anonymous // January 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm //

    Ang gwapo ni Jay Chou. Siya rin yung bida sa “Secret” na Taiwanese movie. So Kilig.

  14. Angel Locsin the real icon // January 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm //

    dming endorsement dinala ni angel locsin para buhayin ang abs cbn. century tuna 2 versions, head and shoulder dming version,mosbeau 2 version, myra e daming version.solemare, modess, fitreal.

    endorsement na pinasok sa abs cbn pumapalo pa sa ratings.. supreme teleserye princess, drama action queen, fantaserye office tv and movie queen. most trust endorser,6 tym anak tv seal awardee. pmpc 3 tym nominee darling of the press, 3 tym nominee best actress mmff and best single performance 3 time international and 3 best twitter celebrity in the world. 2 time fhm sexy cover, road distraction supreme to the supreme awards, asia pacific most outstanding actress and commercial model, 25 year in decade of fhm sexy model, no. 1 in yahoo, friendster, 5 time consecutive most beautiful in the philippines starmometer, un youth achievement awardee,pinaka idol award at pinakapasadong actress, cinema one outstanding actress, icon of the year award us girls, national commmission culture and the arts awardee, asap fashionista, love team, cameo, cover girl,female outanding actress with richard. consecutive primetime queen

  15. imortal number 1 mara clara number 2 // January 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm //

    IMORTAL the best mara clara I dont like kaya tumaas ang rating dahil early time slot at lahat nag hihintay sa IMORTAL bakit hindi e try e switch a time slot IMORTAL mas eary sino kaya ang mangunguna. I dont like mara clara its so whatever……… kaming lahat naghihintay ng IMORTAL after that turn off na ang TV to sleep. Tingnan maigi after imortal ang layo ng rating sa kristine mas mataas talaga ang IMORTAL the best

  16. @ tonette
    that’s why it’s an action comedy movie! get a life!

  17. IMORTAL the best Angel Locsin the superstar // January 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm //

    IMORTAL teleserye of the century the best sa lahat sana ma extend please please





  19. KANGUSO ka! haha // January 14, 2011 at 11:51 am //


    Bobo kang bakla ka, si Seth Rogen yun. Sikat na artista!

    Iskwater ka kasi nakatira kaya di mo kilala, bakla ka!

  20. ang chaka at ang panget ng bidang arista na green hornet di bagay

    mataba pa mukhang comedy ang movie

    buti pa tong intsik na to pogi

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