Ferguson: Jet, thank you so much for talking to
AsianConnections! This is the second time we've met.
We did this interview for "Lethal Weapon 4," and in that movie you
played a bad guy.
Li: Yes. (Laughter)
Ferguson: And in this movie, "Romeo Must Die," you're
a good guy again. Do you prefer that?
Li: Yes, because I made 25 movies in Hong Kong,
I always play the good guy, so first time my producer Joel Silver
he say, "play the bad guy." I say, "bye, guy." (Laughter)
I've never done that before!
So in the beginning I had a little bit worry about it, but on the
second time, he promised, he said, "Jet, I promise you, after you
play the bad guy, I'll give you the good guy again." Yes,
ah, what's the movie? (Laughter) He said, it's called "Romeo Must
Die." That sound like a romantic movie, not an action movie.
I say, okay! So, I played the villain, now I play the good
Ferguson: I'm glad you did too. Is this kind of a breakthrough
in the sense that, you as an Asian actor?Russell [Wong] thought
it was very important, that you are the romantic lead?
Jet Li: I always think I have some background,
because I was in martial arts, but I'm also [an] actor, I try to
play the character well. I think martial arts can help the character,
but the first important is the story, and then your character, romantic
Ferguson: You are the romantic lead!
Li: (Laughter) Thank you.
Jim Ferguson: Speaking of romance,
are you and your wife adjusting to life in Los Angeles?
Li: Yes, yes. I just moved two years, since "Lethal
Weapon 4," you know, when I finish. I think, we have the opportunity
to work in Hollywood, so we moved from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.
Jim Ferguson: That's wonderful. Could you
give me some just short answers on some of my favorite scenes?
One, the football scene.
Li: Yeah, I tried to decide all the action scenes differently,
so football scene, put the martial arts with American football,
we play together, with new fresh action sequence. That's my idea.
Ferguson: In the beginning of the film, the rope fight
Li: Oh, nice, the hardest. (laughter) Because we
saw a lot of movie fight, fight with the bad guy, but, my character
will decide upside down. Decide is so easy, but when you really
work on that scene, it is so hard, to over over a day, upside down
there! I worked five days on that scene. So everyday, the
head, I get a headache. (Laughter) You cannot concentrate to do
Jim Ferguson: Lastly, the last fight with
Russell Wong, with the sun glasses. (Laughter)
Li: If you know, my character, he doesn't want to kill
everybody, he just fight, stop them. You know, romantic. He
use Aaliyah to fight with another bad girl. But until ending, a
serious fight with Russell Wong, is hand to hand..is very cool stuff.
Ferguson: It's excellent stuff. And this movie doesn't
stop from the beginning to the end. I really enjoyed it.
And just for our audience could you please say hi to AsianConnections?
to AsianConnections, from Jet Li!"