Chou says he got his mojo back with Green Hornet

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 January, 2011, 12:00am

Taiwanese star Jay Chou Jie-lun is thrilled to have redeemed himself as an actor with the strong box office of The Green Hornet, in which he makes his Hollywood debut.

The pop idol and songwriter said he had received a lot of criticism for his performances in the 2009 action adventure Treasure Hunter and last year's Pandamen television series, which he also directed. 'This time, I'm getting my reputation back,' Chou said on his return to Taipei to promote Green Hornet, with Seth Rogen in the title role of the masked crime fighter, and Chou as his sidekick, Kato.

At the movie's Beijing premiere last week, Chou, 32, told the mainland media he didn't think much about his future in Hollywood, since his English was poor, and would keep making movies in Asia. However, he will take part in the movie's sequel.

Chou said he hoped audiences would not compare him with kung fu legend Bruce Lee, who played Kato in the Green Hornet television series in the 1960s.

'The director and I knew that I couldn't be [Lee]. So, we just followed our own ideas on how to portray Kato.'