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A “Cowboy” approves Big Trouble in Little China remake

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, here pictured in the new movie “San Andreas”, is tentatively scheduled to star in a remake of Big Trouble in Little China.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, here pictured in the new movie “San Andreas”, is tentatively scheduled to star in a remake of Big Trouble in Little China. AP

The idea of someone else other than Kurt Russell playing Jack Burton, and driving the Pork Chop Express, is a little unnerving but if a guy who worked on “Big Trouble In Little China” is OK with a re-do, go for it.

Reactions to the news that the fun 1986 sci-fi action movie, “Big Trouble in Little China”, is going to be remade starring The Rock ranged from awful to great; Dwayne Johnson is hoping that the original director, John Carpenter, will lend a hand. Russell has an invite, too.

If anyone can deliver Russell’s over-the-top delivery in this off-the-grid “classic”, it’s The Rock.

The original was original, campy, fun, and Russell was at his ‘80s-hair best. The special effects were solid, and the addition of an in-her-prime Kim Cattrall was highly unappreciated. It’s stupid, but hard to turn off.

I asked someone who worked with and had a small part(s) in that movie, and once trained the Dallas Cowboys, how he feels about this “classic” getting the re-boot treatment.

Mr. Dan Inosanto is one of three men to ever to be given instructorship on the “third level” by late martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. In the late ‘70s, Inosanto actually trained a number of the Dallas Cowboys, including Hall of Fame defensive tackle Randy White, in martial arts. He went on to work with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Inosanto’s forte is martial arts, but he worked on a number of Hollywood movies as a stuntman, or actor. He had a small role - or roles, in Big Trouble’, where is he shot. A lot.

“It’s good to watch every generation re-make Robin Hood; everyone does it a little bit different,” Inosanto, 78, told me in a phone interview. “I do think it’s fun. It’s really good they are doing it because it keeps the movie alive. And, you know, like anything - they might do it better.”

In the original, which cast many Asian-Americans to play the rival gangs in the movie, Inosanto wore both the red and the yellow turbans that represented both sides.

“I got shot with a shot gun wearing a red turban and I got killed wearing a yellow turban,” he said.

Topping the original will be a challenge, but Inosanto is right - every generation gets their take at Robin Hood. And The Rock was born to be Jack Burton.

Mac Engel, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @macengelprof

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