May 5, 2004
Chan On Fire

coochan.jpgHas Steve Coogan's young and promising film career already jumped the shark? After turning in a near-perfect performance in the near-perfect 24 Hour Party People, what is Coogan's next move? Appearing opposite Jackie Chan, of course, in Disney's summer release Around the World in 80 Days.

Coogan will star as the eccentric Phileas Fogg and Chan will play his French manservant Passepartout (at least if the film remains true to Verne). In other words, it's the same surefire comic dyad that has served us so well in Rush Hours 1, 2, and yes, 3; Shanghai Noon and Knights; The Medallion; and The Tuxedo.

Before managing to effectively raze Clare Forlani's and Jennifer Love Hewitt's careers into the ground, Jackie Chan transformed the occasionally funny (and occasionally irritating) Chris Tucker into an unfathomably execrable onscreen presence. But not content to stop there, Chan went on to reveal that the potentially annoying Owen Wilson is, in fact, the intolerable wet blanket we suspected all along.

And so we beg you Mr. Chan, don't take Steve Coogan down with you. What about David Cross or Hank Azaria? You can have them, they're all yours - just not Coogan.

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