In 1998, director Brett Ratner delivered a real nugget of detective comedy with “Rush Hour”. And this, thanks to an exceptional Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker duo. However, Chris Tucker was very far from being the first choice for this film.
Rush Hour: War, huh, yeah!
While he has had an absolutely legendary Asian career for almost two decades, Jackie Chan had not yet had great success in Hollywood. But that was before 1998 and rush hour. Indeed, the film directed by Brett Ratner allows the Chinese star of martial arts films to finally break into North American cinema. He is helped with this by the hilarious Chris Tucker, who shares the poster with him in the film. The one who revealed himself through stand-up and in important films such as Friday (with Ice Cube) and The fifth Elementmanages to bring a touch of humor to the martial talent of Jackie Chan.
rush hour was thus a success, generating $130 million in revenue worldwide. In addition, the blockbuster’s soundtrack is also appreciated thanks to pieces by Jay-Z or even Dru Hill.
The film follows Inspector Lee, one of the jewels of the Hong Kong police who is forced to join forces with American policeman James Carter for a perilous mission. To note that the success of rush hour will bring two sequels released in 2001 and 2007.
Eddie Murphy instead of Chris Tucker
If Chris Tucker is once again amazing in rush hour, one cannot imagine what the film would have given with Eddie Murphy in the role of James Carter. Indeed, the ex-star of the saga The Beverly Hills Cop was initially the natural choice to collaborate with Jackie Chan in the film. However, the actor refused the proposal of the American director. The reason? The African-American star preferred to play in Mister G, a horrifying comedy in which he plays a traveling guru. The film was obviously a flop, revealing a little more about the decline of the star at the end of the 90s. A real mistake, when we know the success of Rush hour.
Moreover, as revealed by the magazine LA Times, the production also offered the role to another former stand-up star in the person of Martin Lawrence (who had distinguished himself a few years earlier in bad boys). Eventually, the role went to Chris Tucker, much to the delight of rush hour.