Seth Rogen, Jay Chou dish on new "Green Hornet"

Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:41pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Seth Rogen, whose movies include "Knocked Up" and "Superbad," stars in new 3D, action comedy "The Green Hornet," based on characters that appeared in a 1930s radio serial, a 1960s TV show and a comic book series.

Rogen, who co-wrote the movie that debuts in theaters on Friday, stars as Britt Reid, a slacker son of a media magnate who dies mysteriously. Britt befriends his dad's employee, Kato, and the duo reinvent themselves as crime fighters with Britt becoming The Green Hornet and Kato his sidekick. At the same time, they both have eyes for their new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz).

Taiwanese singer Chou is a superstar across Asia, and he makes his English-language acting debut in "Green Hornet." He and Rogen sat down with Reuters to discuss teaming up for the movie, Chou's command of English and Rogen's singing voice.

Q: How did you two meet?

Rogen: "We met over Skype, like most people do these days. In looking for a Kato, we got a hold of Jay and set up a time to read one of the scenes over Skype. He was in Taiwan and I was in Los Angeles. We read the scene where we're arguing with each other in my guest house."

Q: Jay, you had an English tutor on the set because you didn't know the language. How was that?

Chou: "My English dialogue teacher was very scary."

Rogen: Yeah, she was the real bad guy on set.   Continued...

<p>"The Green Hornet" cast members Seth Rogen (L) and Jay Chou, in Los Angeles, January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>