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Chris Tucker on Rush Hour 3

Published August 9, 2007 in Movie News
By Fred Topel | Images property of New Line Cinema.
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Not only has it been a long time waiting for a Rush Hour 3, but it's been a long time since we've even seen Chris Tucker. In his defense, he never promised a Rush Hour 3 when he made the second one, but a joke of his seemed to inspire talks.

Tucker Waited for a Quality Rush Hour 3


"We never planned on doing a part two or three," said Tucker. "I said something in part two which was a blooper outtake that the studio heard and they said, ‘Well, let’s do another one’ because it made a lot of money. A guy fell out of a hotel in Vegas and I said, ‘That guy isn’t going to be in Rush Hour 3, and the studio heard it and then the fans heard it. ‘Maybe another Rush Hour is coming?’ So everybody thought we were doing another Rush Hour, but it was never planned."

With big money offers, Tucker still wanted to insure that a third film would have artistic merits. "I was involved with this process because I said, ‘They gotta be believable how we get back together,’ because in the last movie we both went on to New York, but it’s been too long a time since New York, so we said that won’t be realistic because we both got older. I got older and Jackie got older, so let’s have Jackie come back to the states, America and they bump into each other in the alley. That was our idea. And also, where are we going to go? And I said, ‘Let’s go to Paris!’ Because we will both be fish out of water. So it was a process of making our schedules work."



In France, Tucker did not understand the words coming out of people's mouths. "I tried. It’s hard. I’m still learning English, so I’m trying to get that down first, but the coach was good, especially when you stay at the Saint George Hotel. They treat you like heaven there. It was great. I had no problem, but the French love to say no. I was late to get on my plane at the airport and they love to say no. ‘Non, non. It’s not possible. Non. I cannot do it, it is impossible! Non, non!’"

In their third adventure. Tucker and Jackie Chan are finally on the same page. In fact, they become brothers. "I think it added that we definitely we really cared about each other, because we really grew on each other. So I think that made people say, ‘Oooh, they really like each other.’ It was a bond that we had that sort of just happened and we realized it when we were separated. And I think the audience, they felt that."

Rush Hour 3 opens to theaters tomorrow, August 10th.

For stills, trailers, poster and more movie info, head over to the Rush Hour 3 Movie Page.

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