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      Tom Holland pays respect to Jackie Chan in 'Uncharted'

      By Zhang Rui
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      A Chinese poster of "Uncharted." [Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures]

      Tom Holland, the star of the Hollywood action-adventure film "Uncharted," said he paid tribute to Chinese action star Jackie Chan in his new movie, which will hit the Chinese market on Mar. 14.

      "One of our big inspirations for one of the fight scenes in this film, which is the bar fight, was Jackie Chan using his surroundings to fight people in very unique and different ways," Holland explained. In addition, several action scenes also drew inspiration from Jackie Chan. For example, in another scene, he performed a stunt jump from a high ceiling to the ground at an auction house, reminding the audience of Chan.

      Chan himself has noticed, and he responded on Saturday. "I heard the young man paid tribute to my films in a lot of action scenes and has done stunts by himself. You are amazing. But be careful when you do stunts. I'm thrilled that Chinese Kungfu movies have fans all around the world. Thank you for your support, and I hope I can work with Holland in the future."

      The film "Uncharted," directed by Ruben Fleischer, is based on a hugely popular video game series of the same name, mainly taking inspiration from the fourth game in the series, "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End." It stars Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Victor Sullivan, with Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas as supporting roles. In the film, Drake is recruited by Sullivan in a race against corrupt billionaire Santiago Moncada (Banderas) and mercenary leader Jo Braddock (Gabrielle) to locate the fabled treasure of the Magellan expedition.

      "In this film, I was doing stunts that are far bigger than anything I've done before. I think the fans will be blown away by some of the action sequences that we have in this movie, especially because a lot of the stunts that you see are real practical stunts. These sequences push the boundaries of what we've seen before in cinema. So I think we pay tribute to some of the incredible action sequences in the game," Holland said. 

      Decors and installation at a Beijing cinema where the premiere of "Uncharted" is held, Mar. 10, 2022. [Photo/China.org.cn]

      Director Fleischer praised Holland as the best choice for the role because of the actor's endless creativity and enthusiasm for video games. In addition, Holland was even more dedicated to developing the part and the film than the director.

      The action-adventure video game "Uncharted" was created by Amy Hennig, developed by Naughty Dog, and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation consoles. The series of games has been a huge commercial success, having shipped more than 41 million units, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.

      "You always feel the sense of responsibility, especially when there is such a die-hard fan base and over 40 million video games sold. So you want to make sure first and foremost that you're satisfying those guys and giving them something that they've always wanted," Wahlberg said. 

      After the premiere organized by Sony Pictures, PlayStation, and IMAX in Beijing on Thursday, Chinese fans gave warm feedback to the film. Many of them told China.org.cn they were happy to see the adaptation and described it as "a thrilling ride." Even for average moviegoers who didn't play the game before, the film was still entertaining due to its resemblance to previous popular treasure-hunt blockbusters such as Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" and Jon Turteltaub's "National Treasure."

      The film also borrowed some fever from Holland's other juggernaut blockbuster, "Spider-Man: No Way Home," which grossed more than $1.86 billion worldwide since its release at the end of last year. However, despite being much anticipated in China, the film has yet to release in China, leaving "Uncharted" as a substitution.

      "Uncharted" was initially set for release on Dec. 18, 2020, but was postponed several times, namely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was theatrically released in the United States and many other markets on Feb. 18. As of Mar. 9, 2022, "Uncharted" grossed a worldwide total of $274.5 million. Following the film's North American opening weekend, Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures, described "Uncharted" as a new film franchise for Sony and hinted at upcoming sequels.

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