Friday, December 18, 2009

Jay Chou Named One of the Actors to Watch

A US website, ScreenCrave, has named its Top Ten Actors to Watch in 2010, and coming in at number eight is Taiwan's favourite mega-star Jay Chou (周杰伦, pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún). That prediction is staked on his upcoming appearance in the Hollywood adaptation of the comic book The Green Hornet, alongside Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz. Jay Chou will play the masked vigilante's faithful sidekick/manservant Kato in the Michel Londry directed action film.

The role of Kato was once played by the martial arts legend himself, Bruce Lee, in a television series in the 1960s. Although the series was short-lived, lasting just one season before being axed, it did introduce Bruce Lee to Western audiences for the first time. Now there is hope that Jay Chou might follow a similar path to worldwide stardom. Of course Jay hardly has Lee's martial arts skills that so impressed the world forty years ago. Then again Bruce Lee couldn't sing like Jay Chou.

All this talk of potential international stardom for Jay Chou next year may be a little premature however. The Green Hornet isn't scheduled to be released until December 2010, so world domination may have to wait until 2011.

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