Jackie Chan brought his martial arts skills and Chris Tucker supplied the fast-talking comedy for the 1998 feature film “Rush Hour.” This offbeat buddy cop movie was such a hit, it spawned two sequels and rumors of a third.
Whether Chan and Tucker reunite, CBS is looking to find more success with the franchise though a television series of the same name. Taking over the roles as the mismatched detective partners are John Foo and Justin Hires.
The format is the same, with Hires firing off one-liners faster than Foo can beat up criminals. They start as adversaries but form a mutual respect that could keep them together if the series is a hit.
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Executive producer Bill Lawrence says Hires and Foo have made the roles their own.
Before you tune into the show on Thursday, March 31, here’s what you need to know about the actors.
Plays: Detective James Carter
Born: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Previous credits: “Jerks with Cameras,” “Key and Peele,” TripTank,” “Disaster Date.”
On taking on a role played by Chris Tucker: “Chris Tucker is literally one of the reasons that I got into comedy. So it’s a huge honor and a privilege to be able to step into those shoes. Honestly, I just feel like, if I bring my own comedic voice to this role, that, eventually, the audience will see that there’s a different Detective Carter, and hopefully, they grow to love me somewhat comparable to Chris Tucker.”
I love Chris Tucker, and it’s a privilege, honestly.
Plays: Chief Yan Naing Lee
Previous credits: “Batman Begins,” “Universal Soldier: Regeneration,” “Tekken,” “Bangkok Revenge.”
On starring in “Rush Hour”: “I studied acting for quite some time. This is my first TV show. This is my first time having any kind of experience like this. I’ve shot some movies before, action movies, but this has been the biggest acting experience of my life up to this date, really.”
- 10 p.m. Thursday, March 31, CBS (KGPE, Channel 47.1)