‘The Green Hornet’: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou at the premiere


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Cameron Diaz is no stranger to butt-kicking -- she’s played a sassy action heroine numerous times in such films as ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Knight and Day.’ But even though her latest movie is an action comedy, ‘The Green Hornet’ with Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, Diaz doesn’t get to do any stunts this time around.

‘I didn’t really get to do anything in this movie. They did it all,’ Diaz said at the film’s premiere in Hollywood on Monday night, referring to her costars. ‘I went away to make ‘Knight and Day’ and I came back and they had made an action movie. And I had no idea.’

Diaz, by her own admission, knew little about the past incarnations of ‘The Green Hornet,’ which began as a radio serial and later became a television show.


‘I never really watched it, and they told me, ‘Don’t. Don’t worry about it. We’re going to be writing our own -- this is it’s own thing. We’re creating our own version of it,’ Diaz said.

Rogen, on the other hand, was very familiar with the superhero. He grew up with ‘The Green Hornet’ and ultimately co-wrote the film, out Friday.

‘It’s pretty amazing that it’s actually coming to fruition and that we actually like it,’ Rogen said of the project.

Rogen’s right-hand man in the film, Kato, is played by Chou -- a Taiwanese pop-music superstar who has his first American movie role in ‘The Green Hornet.’ Chou walked down the green carpet with a translator, although he has learned a fair bit of English since he had his first meeting with the film’s producers via Skype.

‘It was strange,’ he recalled of the Internet meeting. ‘Very difficult because the language, English, it’s a problem for me. So [I was] very nervous when I meet [the producers for the] first time. But right now, I fixed this. I speak English.’

Cast members Edward James Olmos, Edward Furlong, Jamie Harris and David Harbour also hit the red carpet, as did the movie’s director, Michel Gondry, with singer Becky Stark. The premiere was followed by an after-party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Also spotted: Judd Apatow, Sophia Bush, Garcelle Beauvais, Sara Rue, Michael Clarke Duncan with ‘The Apprentice’ villain Omarosa Manigault Stallworth, Tom Green, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Shelby Young of ‘The Social Network.’

‘The Green Hornet’ opens Friday in theaters. Click the pic of Diaz and Rogen, above, for pictures from the red carpet.



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