Hollywood star Tony Jaa is a huge fan of Bollywood action movies and considers Lord Hanuman a superhero. The martial arts superstar says that if given a chance, he would love to bring the character from the Indian mythological world to life on the big screen.
“I know Bollywood and all action movies very well… (I know) Tiger Shroff, Vidyut Jammwal, Rana (Daggubati), Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan,” Jaa told IANS.
“I know them very well because I watch Bollywood movies and I’m a big fan. I (also) like Hanuman… (he’s a) superhero, ”he added.
When asked if he would like to work in a movie like Hanuman, Jaa replied, “Yeah, that would be great.”
For the Asian-born action star, stepping into the cinematic superhero space is a dream, which he hopes to someday fulfill.
“I would like to become a superhero for DC or Marvel… that’s my dream. I would like to play a superhero like Spider Man or Batman or Deadpool. I like the films from these studios. This is my dream. If my dream comes true, that’s fine, ”added the Thai martial arts star.
Over the years, he has found forays into Hollywood supported by the success of his “Ong-Bak” and “Tom-Yum-Goong” martial arts action film franchises. He has crossed over with appearances in “Furious 7”, “xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage”, “Jiu Jitsu”, “Master Z: The IP Man Legacy”, and will soon be seen in the upcoming “Monster Hunter”.
Jaa says he views Hollywood as a university where he can learn and grow.
“I just want to learn more by making Hollywood movies. I am like a student going to school or university to learn (something) new for me. Because Hollywood is like a new world to me, and I want to learn from it, learn technology, ”said Tony Jaa, adding that there was room for more inclusion when it came to Asians. .
“I think Hollywood needs more Asian actors, and as a cultural exchange, as a culture to bring them together – and create more good relationships, good collaboration and good teams,” said the stuntman turned actor. , who spent his youth as an elephant herder.
“When I work in a Hollywood movie, it’s a very different experience for me. It’s a good experience for me in terms of technology and budget. I think it’s a good time, a good experience and a good opportunity for me to work in a Hollywood movie, ”added the star, who decided to follow in the footsteps of action heroes Jackie Chan and Jet Li afterwards. having watched their martial arts movies.
He is eagerly awaiting the release of his action adventure “Monster Hunter”, which also stars Milla Jovovich. The film is based on the hugely popular role-playing video game series of the same name. It tells the story of two heroes who came from different worlds to overcome a common danger: the powerful, deadly and magnificent monsters that inhabit the land.
“I’m really excited about the film’s release… I guarantee this film will make fans happy and entertain them. So come see this movie. Because movies make you happy, ”Tony Jaa concluded.
“Monster Hunter”, from Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be released in India on February 5 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, in addition to the original English version. The film will be the first 3D release after cinemas reopen in India following the lockdown.
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