Spyglass topper already eyeing Africa-set sequel
HOLLYWOOD — Jackie Chan didn’t stay long, but his sensibility loomed over Monday night’s “East Meets U.K.” party following the “Shanghai Knights” preem.
Owen Wilson admitted he was happy to defer stunts to the martial arts legend once again in the sequel. “I usually don’t do any,” he said, before adding in his signature drawl, “I leave that to Jackie. I don’t want to step on his toes.”
Fann Wong, who plays love interest to Wilson’s rakish Roy O’Bannon and younger sister to Chan’s Chon Wang in the sequel, said she’s used to more balletic martial arts moves from her work in Singapore and China, “but Jackie likes it to be more realistic. This is a lot harder.”
Spyglass honcho Roger Birnbaum, meanwhile, had visions of two more “Shanghai” sequels dancing in his head, likening the franchise to Hope and Crosby road movies. “There’s a lot more roads for them to travel,” Birnbaum said.
He said the unlikely duo — who travel to 19th century London to track down the man who murdered Chon’s father in the latest outing — would journey to Africa for their next adventures.
Wilson said he was game for more “Shanghai,” calling the latest “maybe the most fun I’ve ever had working on a movie — and a lot of that is Jackie.” The thesp’s gearing up for “Starsky and Hutch” in 10 weeks and expects to do the stunts for that one.
“I’ll be the Jackie Chan in that one,” Wilson said.
Brother Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Stephen Dorff turned out at the El Capitan; the after-party crowd at the Highlands included Disney’s Oren Aviv, Richard Cook, Chuck Viane and Nina Jacobson, along with Spyglass’ Gary Barber and helmer David Dobkin, Jim Berkus, the pic’s villainous Aidan Gillen, Jon Voight and erstwhile Kiss front man Gene Simmons with his son, Nick.