|Director and Cast
||Benny Chan - Director
Benny Chan is recognized as one of Hong Kong’s top
action directors, celebrated for his superb mastery of
spectacular production designs and breathtaking stunts
sequences. Starting out with smash hits like A Moment of
Romance and The Magic Crane, both produced by Johnny To, he
has more than 10 years of film directing and producing
experience under his belt. He also turned his talents to the
small screen, producing and directing the hit TV series
‘Kung Fu Master’ and ‘Fist of Fury’.
Moving up gears in 2000, he reinvented young idols Nicholas
Tse, Daniel Wu, Stephen Fung and Edison Chen as ice-cool
millennium action heroes in new age police thrillers Gen X
Cops (1999) and Gen Y Cops (2000). Divergence (2005)
garnered three Golden Horse awards (including Best Actor for
Aaron Kwok) and proved Chan is every inch the slick stylist.
However, it is in directing Jackie Chan in the transnational
action adventure Who Am I? and the taut suspense thriller
New Police Story that a special chemistry is sparked off. As
his third collaboration with Jackie, Rob-B-Hood generated
even greater rapport on and off screen.
After New Police Story, Jackie and I spent several months kicking
around new ideas for our next project. Even though making another
action film was our priority, Jackie made a special request – he
didn’t want to play another cop. He wanted to play a different type
of character and infuse new elements into his films. He didn’t want
to repeat himself, he wanted a twist. Driven by this new challenge,
we worked very hard to come up with something different but drew a
blank until late one night in the workshop, Jackie, script writer
Alan Yuen and I came up with something rather daring – Jackie Chan
the hero will become Jackie Chan the thief. For the first time,
he’ll be on the other side of the law. This character is not just
any ordinary thief, but a 3-in-1 thug, liar and compulsive gambler.
A thief who’s willing to steal anything for money, except for this
particular assignment, he’s not stealing rare gems or anything
valuable but a Baby!
Since we have decided to make this action comedy with a hook, much
emphasis was placed on the comical element. We designed the
“Thieving Musketeers” and gave Jackie two partners in crime –
Michael Hui and Louis Koo. With three renowned comic actors on
board, we were quite confident that the chemistry between this trio
would send sparks bursting through the screen. The next step was
casting the Baby. After over 100 auditions, we finally found
Matthew. Unfortunately, it also marked the beginning of the darkest
days of my film career.
This is a story about three burglars who were hired by a mafia boss
to kidnap a baby. According to the original plan, the 30-million
dollar reward would allow the trio to retire and never have to work
a day in their lives again. During the short time they had to
babysit, they have bonded with the Baby, who has helped each of them
discard the corrupted life they have obsessively pursued over the
years and rediscover the simple pleasures of life. At the eleventh
hour, the trio had to make a choice between the reward and their
conscience. The film is a roller coaster ride of fun and excitement
that can pull at a few heartstrings along the way.
Jackie has more screen time with the Baby than anyone else, hence
making the filming all the more difficult. Baby Matthew cannot work
more than 8 hours a day, and he takes two or three naps during that
8-hour period. No one on the set is allowed to make any noise, so
everyone had to communicate with sign language, a bit like those old
silent films. Babies are tough to shoot because they never do what
you want them to. For example when I needed him to laugh, he won’t
oblige. I can easily use up to a 1,000 feet of film on him and still
can’t get the shot I want. In the end, I ended up with nothing but
crying shots. Whatever expression I need from him, it’ll easily take
half a day to shoot. Needless to say, despite using a second unit,
I’m way over budget.
No matter who you are, no one can command a baby to act. Losing your
temper is definitely not the way to go about it. He simply doesn’t
care who you are, not even an international superstar. The only way
to do it is with time, patience and money to guide him in each shot.
A does of tender loving care will also come in handy.
Another difficulty lies in the choreography of the action sequences.
Rob-B-Hood marks the third and most challenging film I have made
with Jackie because a lot of the action sequences involved Baby
Matthew. Whether it’s high up on the ferris wheel, inside the roller
coaster or those high speed car chases, Matthew is right there along
with Jackie. Jackie is used to doing all those incredible stunts by
himself, coordinating with a fellow actor is challenging enough, let
alone a baby.
The cast and crew of Rob-B-Hood have all given their best during
filming. I believe each and every one them can and will rise to the
occasion when faced with a challenge. This is something I truly
||Jackie Chan - Thongs
Jackie Chan throws us another curveball by portraying a
good-for-nothing, happy-go-lucky, small-time crook with an
addiction to gambling. With his natural sense of humor, he
brings us plenty of laughs as a loveable rogue who combines
quick wit and a good nature with a streak of wickedness. And
for the first time on screen, Jackie shows us his most
tender face as he becomes totally helpless before a cooing
||Matthew Medvedev - Baby
After over 100 auditions, they finally found baby
The $30,000,000 baby ! :)
||Louis Koo - Octopus
As Octopus – the youngest member of Rob-B-Hood’s trio of
merrymen – Koo’s dashing heartthrob image is perfectly
suited to play the self-styled Casanova, whose opportunism
makes him throw in his lot with kidnappers. Luckily for him,
he is gradually inspired by Thongs’ virtuous transformation
to mend his ways.
||Michael Hui - Landlord
Affectionately known as Mr. Boo in Japan, his seminal comedy
series in the 1970s (Games Gamblers Play, The Last Message,
Private Eyes, Security Unlimited) broke all time box office
records. In the last decade, Hui has shifted his focus to
civic leadership roles. After a two-year absence from the
screen, he makes a long-awaited comeback as Thongs’
penny-pinching landlord – a role that Hui has got down to a
T over the years.
||Gao Yuanyuan - Melody
Her enthralling performance in Shanghai Dreams caught the
eye of Jackie Chan who handpicked her as the leading lady in
Rob-B-Hood. She plays a nurse and pediatric advisor whose
unconditional love melts Thongs’ heart and puts him back on
track in life.
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