Tiffany Hsu, over at Money & Company, has an update on the L.A. Auto Show with a casualty-for-art statistic that will make car-lovers cringe. The topic is “Green Hornet,” due in theaters in January, and here’s an excerpt…
Most people would say that the upcoming “Green Hornet” movie is about the masked crime-fighting duo Britt Reid and Kato, played by Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. But the real superhero of the film, according to producer Neal Moritz, is the car.
And what a car it is. Hood guns, bumper rockets, armed suicide doors, grill-mounted flamethrowers and attached missile systems are just the start. The vintage vehicle, based on a 1965 Chrysler Imperial, is longer than many SUVs and weighs about as much, according to picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy. Millions of dollars of the film’s budget went to the so-called Black Beauty.
“It’s an incredible arsenal of things this car can do,” said Moritz, who has worked with McCarthy on several “The Fast and the Furious” films. “It’s big, it looks strong, and it has a lot of metal. It harkens back to another era when American cars were king.”
Several automakers came calling before shooting began, interested in pairing with filmmakers to make a new version of the classic vehicle from the 1960s Green Hornet television series. But Moritz and crew decided that the original look was sexier. The gleaming model currently being displayed at the L.A. Auto Show is one of just three remaining from the set, McCarthy said. The other 26 were cut in half, smashed, dropped by cranes and otherwise destroyed…
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