Video: Making of The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty


(From TVOvermind)

One of the most anticipated movies coming early next year is The Green Hornet, starring funnyman Seth Rogen in his first-ever role as a superhero, with Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, and Christopher Waltz in supporting roles.

Based upon the original ABC series, the 3-D film centers on Britt Reid, the son of a rich newspaper magnate, who finds his life turned around after meeting one of the employees of his media empire, Kato (Chou). Using the tried-and-true recipe of “bad boy makes good,” the two, with the assistance of Reid’s beautiful secretary Lenore (Diaz), debut as crimefighters taking on the underworld kingpin Chudnofsky (Waltz).

One can arguably suggest that the biggest unknown star of this action flick is The Black Beauty, a highly modified Chrysler Imperial Crown, which was one of the most luxurious (and largest) American cars of the mid-sixties. Here’s a video showing the construction of and attributes of this super car.

There were actually 29 1964-1966 Imperials used in various filming of scenes and stunts. Incredibly, in today’s world of product placement, the producers of The Green Hornet turned down deals with both BMW and General Motors for use of their vehicles (although powered by a GM engine) as the basis for the newest Black Beauty, instead deciding on the original vehicle. What a fitting tribute to the Imperial Crown!
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2 responses »

  1. I’m really not sure how “anticipated” this movie is. Green Hornet was not a very popular character and neither was the TV show. And oddly enough, when I read about the casting of Seth Rogan… I dunno. Didn’t seem like a logical choice.

    Now it might work. Michael Keaton turned out to be a better Batman than I expected, but for right now I’ll be a skeptical that this movie will make any money.

    And the Batmobile kicks the ass of the Green Hornet car!

    • That Batmobile story is so old…hell, I posted it on FB and Twitter a month ago!

      As far as a comparison, there isn’t any. With the Imperial, the crime fighter can fight the crooks with both technology and luxury.

      Win!

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