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Kurt Russell Gives The Big Trouble in Little China Remake His Blessing

November 11, 2015 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– During an interview with IGN, Kurt Russell spoke about the upcoming Big Trouble in Little China remake. Here are the highlights…

His Thoughts on The Remake Being Done: “I don’t think anything’s sacred,” he explained. “I know why we did a remake of The Thing with John Carpenter. John wanted to do a movie that was called The Thing, but it was really from the short story Who Goes There? I thought that was exciting – it was a movie about paranoia. I liked that – it was quite different from the movie that was made in 1951 so ours was quite different. I have no idea what they’re going to do with Big Trouble in Little China. I know why we made it – it was quite fresh and different at the time, and it became a cult movie. I’ve done four or five characters that they’ve made dolls of, and Jack Burton was one of them. Hopefully they’ll find the right tone and reason. The director’s got his work cut out for him.”

On Dwayne Johnson as Jack Burton: “You’d have to see it. I don’t know. I don’t know what the movie is. I don’t know what the role is. I don’t know what they’re going after. I have no idea – just like everybody else. I just have to see it and say yeah or nay. There’s no reason not to do it… my wish is that they come up with something that’s better than what we were trying to do.”

On Giving The Project His Blessing: “With ours, some of the things that we did had never been done. It was a different kind of a thing. The first thing we did was flip the concept of leading man and sidekick. I don’t know what it is about Big Trouble that they want to fool with to make it fresh and new and different, but heh, good luck!”

So there you have it, Russell is cool with this. I guess what this all means is that when some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”