LATimes.com interviews Kristin about Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and also asks her about Twilight rumors:
quote:"Jumping around ... have you heard the "Twilight" sequel rumors and comments, and do you have any position on it?
I have not really heard much about that. I read something somewhere that someone liked me, on some random site somewhere, but I don't think that means anything necessarily. No one official has ever spoken to me about "Twilight." ... I read the books, though, and I think they're fun.
How did you approach Chun-Li? Go back to video games or look at comic-book story lines, or did you just go straight from the scipt?
I went straight from the script. Justin Marks, who wrote it, is a Street Fighter nut and knows everything there is to know about it, and he was on set for a while so I took advantage of that... It's not a really complex story, though. I wanted to give her some depth so that people could relate to her with all of the fighting going on, I guess because I'm a woman and I really do appreciate -- even in an action movie -- people that I can connect to. And that was impotant to me."
quote:""Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" is yet to be a blockbuster hit or a box office flop, but most of the cast have expressed their willingness to return for a sequel. In an interview asking about whether or not they will come back for a second movie, stars from Kristin Kreuk to Black Eyed Peas' Taboo were quick to give thumbs up for the sequel.
"I totally would love to go in there and work on some more skills," Kreuk, the actress who plays Chun-Li said of possible sequel. "I loved training; it was so much fun." "
quote:"Is that something you'd like to do? Produce?
I do. I want to get into production. It's funny because I think a lot of actors do that and a lot of times it's just a vehicle thing, a vehicle for themselves. And I don't know if that's why I want to do it. I just want to make really interesting film and contribute to the art of it. I think that production is more my area than direction or writing. I want to build my writing skills but I don't know how yet.
Do you have any ideas you can talk about?
(laughs) It's in the beginning phases. A group of us girls are starting a production company, female-centric. The stories will be human-centric, but coming from a female perspective and with mostly female crew, which would provide a different atmosphere. So that's what we're planning. But literally, we haven't even incorporated and we're talking with each other. We have a ton of ideas. It's all about logistics and how we fit that into very busy lives. "
quote:"» EXPRESS: Shopping must also have been fun. » KREUK: It was. I really love pieces with a feminine element and colorful flair, like ethnic scarves and jewelry. I buy scarves everywhere I go, from Thailand to India to Ecuador. With jewelry, I love big, big earrings and the sound of bangles on my wrist.
» EXPRESS: Is that also Chun-Li's style? » KREUK: No, not at all. She has a very feminine element to her, and yet she's very strong. Wardrobe-wise, there's a lot of combat-looking clothes — dark jeans and boots, and black tops. When she's not fighting, her style is dresses and Dr. Martens."
quote:""The advantage, I think, is that there's already something there — like a platform to grow from," observed 26-year-old "Smallville" star Kristin Kreuk, who plays the title character in the new video-game-to-movie "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li." "The disadvantage? There are a lot of individual viewpoints on how that person should be, because all of these people have a really wonderful, personal experience with that character. Just like anything that is pre-existed, it is a challenge to find your own way through that when there are so many pre-existing ideas.""
quote:"Kreuk finds herself in the same boat now as many young actresses – done for the moment with steady TV jobs and hoping her aspirations for more mature film roles can be met.
“I've been doing TV for a long time,” she notes. “I just recently admitted to myself that acting is something I really want to pursue, so I'm working on finding roles that I'm really passionate about. It's challenging because there aren't a lot of amazing scripts out there, but also because it's going to take me time to build myself to the point that I can actually get the roles that I really want. I am so committed to doing that.”
If that doesn't pan out, surely worshipful comic-book and, now, video-game geeks will welcome her back to the fantasy genre. But with all due respect, Kreuk hopes that doesn't happen too soon.
“I'd love to diversify a little bit and then, maybe, come back to it,” she says. “The fandom is really intense, and they're really intense-positive and they're really intense-negative. So I got both sides of the spectrum – when they hate you they hate you and when they love you they love you. … So I'd like to move away from that fandom and build my confidence a bit, then come back in when I have a thicker skin.”
First step toward achieving that mighty ability: appear in something, maybe, that doesn't involve impossible powers?
“I would love that!” Kreuk says enthusiastically. “That would be really perfect!”"
Kristin Kreuk: "I'm looking for a project, been reading a lot of scripts. I would love to do something that is more in the real world as opposed to the fantastical realm, even if it's like five lines. I just want to build myself as an actor and start to participate in movies that really help people shift their worldview, even if it's a little bit. That's really where I want to move into is helping people broaden their perspective."
Would you do TV again?
Kristin Kreuk: "Yes. Some of my favorite things are TV shows like Six Feet Under. Even Sopranos, they're really well made, well thought out, intelligent shows with very deep characters that are consistent from beginning to end. There seems to be a very well planned out arc. I like that about TV, but I'd want to talk to the producers and have them go, 'This is our plan. These are our characters. We want to go five, six years at the most. That won't change because this is our arc.' Instead of just going forever, like 10 years, just because they can. I like that.""
quote:"Question: You speak Chinese in this movie, in the beginning parts of the film. Did you have to learn that phonetically? Did you already know, you could already speak fluently? What is your background in languages?
Kreuk: I’m Canadian, so I took French. My Mom’s Chinese. She doesn’t speak any Chinese. But I went to Chinese school one summer, so I have a little bit of Mandarin, but nothing, really – I don’t remember it. The guy who played the servant in the household was the dialect teacher, as well. So he taught me Mandarin. The lines that I needed to know, and the Cantonese. "
quote:"KRISTEN KREUK is no stranger to doing stunt work. Her role on the long running hit, SMALLVILLE, often required she draw from her gymnast training. But in her upcoming film, STREETFIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI, KREUK learned a whole new skill set in wire-work. We spoke with KREUK last week and she talked about flying around in the air."
quote:"Q: Kristin, your character embarks on quite an emotional journey. Can you talk about that aspect of her? Kreuk: Of course. She starts off in the movie very young and she loses both of her parents. I don't know how old she is when she starts as an adult. She's like 20, so she loses her mom around 20 years old and becomes very angry and wants to go and get revenge on the guy who took her father when she was just a young girl and then ends up on this spiritual path where she seeks out a master and she learns to let go of her attachments so she can see a greater good because her attachments are blinding her sight. That way she can go out and actually fight for something and understand what it is she's fighting for.
Q: For the producers, what did you seen in Kristin and Chris and why were they chosen for the roles? Amritraj: We saw Kristin on "Smallville," and then we met, but I think the main thing about this character was that there's a strength and also a vulnerability, and I think that's exactly what Kristin brings to the character and the Asian background as well, all of those things. It was just a perfect match."
Kristin's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Neal McDonough (M.Bison) spoke a bit about Kristin in his interview with Oregonlive.com:
quote:"Q: I guess you wouldn't call Street Fighter a date film, would you?
A: Let's not kid ourselves -- it's the ultimate chick film. I'm serious. You talk about women's empowerment. This is it. Chun-Li, played by Kristin Kreuk, is kicking my butt, kicking everyone's butts. So there are lots of cool messages in it about a woman finding herself, discovering her power.
Q: Kristin says her favorite fight scenes were with you.
A: That's because she did a lot of wire work in her other fights, but we pretty much went mano-a-mano with no special effects or anything. Dion Lam, who did the stunt choreography for The Matrix, came up with some fantastic moves for me. It was fun. You get a little banged up here and there, but nothing serious."
quote:"TeenHollywood: What is the average day like up at home in Vancouver when you're not working?
Kristin:If I'm really on my goals, generally, I'm probably going to a yoga class and visioning; doing a lot of mission statement stuff at the company, searching for stories. Then I'm building this company "Girls By Design" so I've got lots of stuff to do. Then, if I'm not on my goals, then I'm grabbing a TV show DVD set and sitting down watching that.
TeenHollywood: And you have a puppy?
Kristin: Yeah, a French bulldog; very sweet.
TeenHollywood: What kind of music are you into now?
Kristin: I like Annie Lennox. I still really like Amy Winehouse even though she's....She's got a great voice. [we chat about how famous singers like Billie Holiday were into drugs and how unfortunate that is].
TeenHollywood: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Kristin: I see myself having that production company up and running and have had at least two successful films that have been released by that time, probably more. I see myself, by 36, having a kid. I want to keep working but I want to be around to raise kids. That's important for me. I want to be able to travel with a child but I don't want to make that their life. But, I can't predict that until I'm there and I'm not there yet."
quote:"Since we all have Street Fighter on the brain still, we felt it was a good time for another SF-themed Hero Showdown. This time, however, we're only focusing on a single character. This Showdown pits the Chun-Li of the game series against the Chun-Li of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. And just to spice things up even further, we're throwing in the Wild Card pick of Chun-Li from the original Street Fighter movie.
That's a lotta Li by any measure. But which one is the ultimate warrior? Which version of Chun-Li is tops when it comes to fighting ability and feminine appeal? Vote in our poll and post your reasons in the comments thread below."
They showed a clip from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, asked her about her training in the film, about Smallville, her Lana Lang doll and who her favorite nominee is-- Kristin said "Sean Penn for Milk". Kristin was wearing a white dress and her hair were in gorgeous curls.
Does anyone have screen captures/footage of this? If so, please share. Thank you!
Big thanks to user chezie86, minhyol goldfish and layla9188-1 for the heads up and info
quote:"I don't know if you know already, you probably do, but ET Canada advertised something next week about KK going from SV to Street Fighter. I dunno what that all entails, but I just thought I'd tell you haha. "
quote:"After winning hearts on Smallville, actress Kristin Kreuk is breaking them — literally — as a sexy femme fatale in Street Fighter
Kristin Kreuk is not your typical Hollywood starlet. Though the 26-year-old star of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li grew up in the public eye, she prefers her quiet Canadian hometown to the paparazzi-filled streets of L.A. "I'm not looking to be in the tabloids," says the fresh-faced beauty. After lighting up the big screen in her latest role, Kreuk's going to have a hard time staying out of the spotlight. So what does it take to get this self-professed shy girl to open up to a man? MF lets you in on the secret."
quote:"Were you nervous taking on this beloved character? Although, surely you've dealt with fan expectations before?
I think the reason I decided to take this character was because of the Spiritual arc of the script, even though in the movie you see her street fighting, for me that was what was appealing, and I thought it was a way to encourage people, in our own little way, to do that in their own lives.
So, when taking on the character, I didn't think of it as "Millions, millions and millions of people love her," but I did go, "Do I want to do another one of these characters?" Because I've done so many, and I know what it's like. I know that people are going to hate me as the choice, and I know that people are going to love me as the choice and I know that it's going to be split. And I don't know how game fans are, but I know how comic-book fans are. So I know how it's so brutal and so amazing at the same time. And I get that, so at least I'm versed in it."
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li is listed on Movieweb.com's top 20 most requested upcoming movie list:
quote:"1. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen 2. X-Men: First Class 3. Watchmen 4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine 5. Dragonball Evolution 6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 7. Terminator Salvation 8. Fast & Furious 9. Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li 10. Spider-Man 4"
Production notes of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li from FOX has mentions of Kristin's training and a quotes by her about Chun-Li's strength, quotes that I'm sure the Street Fighter fans will enjoy:
quote:"One of Lam’s star pupils was Kristin Kreuk, who portrays Chun-Li. Kreuk, best known for her role as Lana Lang on the hit television series “Smallville,” reported to the set weeks before the start of principal photography, to embark upon a rigorous regimen of martial arts training. Lam devised impressive moves and fights that challenged her each day. “It was a lot of wire work, dives, front kicks, side kicks and fan kicks outward and inward,” says Kreuk. “Because it was impossible for me to look like the videogame incarnation of Chun-Li, I wanted to build Chun-Li’s strength from the inside. I mean, if she’s going up against the likes of Bison and Balrog, she’s not going to out-muscle them. She has to have internal strength and fortitude.”"
Electric Playground has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox for a Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li contest for fans in Canada. You can win a movie pass for you and a friend, the new Street Fighter IV videogame and a comic book. LUCKY!
During the Street Fighter IV launch party, after the producer of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li finished introducing all the actors from the film that were at the event, he went on to explain why Kristin wasn't there and the crowd's reaction to Kristin's absence is pretty funny. Fast forward to 0:44:
quote:"Kristin’s Rules Superpowers Most Mandatory You don’t have to be the Man of Steel to impress. Quite the opposite. “I’m much more interested in developing deep relationships with people than anything else. Physicality is not necessarily an aspect of that. In fact, it’s completely irrelevant.”
Keep it Real It’s still advisable that you please the fifth to questions like, “Do I look fat?” But truth-talking is paramount. “I’m looking for honest communication with someone who is interested in being the best person they can be.”
Opt for a Night In A laid-back girl, she prefers a chill, low-key evening to a big night out on the town. All she need for the perfect date is “great communication, laughter, and a glass of wine.”
Renew Your Passport “A big part of what I love is to experience other cultures and learn new things,” says Kreuk, who is of Chinese-Indonesian and Dutch descent, “I’ve been all over world, and I love it.”
Allow Girl Time “I adore women. It’s important for us to come together, to talk without men around.” Sorry, fellas. We’re sure she’ll make it up to you somehow. "
Big thanks to yujin for the scans and Dee for the write-up!
Last night Capcom held a Street Fighter IV launch party in LA. Kristin wasn't there for the obvious reason that she's in Japan. Though her co-stars Neal McDonough (Bison), Michael Clarke Duncan (Balrog) and Taboo (Vega) all attended the event to promote the film.
At the event there were costumes and props from the film in display for fans to view. Here's a picture of the dress Kristin wore as Chun-Li in the film that was in display at the Street Fighter IV launch party:
TV spots to Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li are already appearing on TV's here the U.S.!
quote:"FINALLY seen a TV spot! Spotted it on Comedy Central not five minutes ago. Little bit of new footage, including one of Gen throwing a fireball; probably showing Chun Li how to do it during the obligatory training montage. Wasn't any dialogue, just a trailer voiceover, something like "See Street Fighter like never before! See the legend come to life." There was also a new shot of Vega, I believe. But yeah, basically a 15-second version of the trailer."
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li - Huge Billboard in Thailand!
Posted by Webmistress on 2009-02-12
quote:"Hi, I thought you might like these. These are photos of a Street Fighter ad on the side of the Major Cineplex: Rachayotin threatre building in Bangkok. I took them myself on my way home this afternoon. "
Big thanks to Daddylion for sharing this information and photo with all of us!
quote:"19. Kristin Kreuk From Lana Lang to Chun-Li, how could we resist? Why we heart her: Because she's Lana Lang. Boom, done. It's that simple.
Smallville took this relatively unknown Canadian actress and transported her into our living rooms on a weekly basis. She was the girl next door for Clark, and the girl of our dreams. She's the former cheerleader with sass and intelligence, who can hold her own with anyone and transform from intense and stoic to cute and alluring with a simple smile. Nevermind it took her a long time to place Kal-El in Clark's shoes...she's purdy, and that's why she can get away with it. "
Oh hot damn, I just realized that the counter has officially hit 2 million page views! Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit and support this site throughout it's years online! Here's to a million more in the near future!
Official Description For Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li
Posted by Webmistress on 2009-02-10
STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI In Theatres February 27
Powerful forces are converging on the streets of Bangkok. They are warriors, some of whom possess extraordinary abilities, all of whom are determined to see their side prevail. Some fight for us; the others for unlimited power. Now, they are preparing for the ultimate battle - of terror versus beauty, light versus darkness, and good versus evil.
The forces of darkness are led by Bison (Neal McDonough), a crime boss of seemingly limitless power, and whose past holds a shocking secret. Bison's syndicate, Shadaloo, is taking over the slums of the Thai capital, a task overseen by Balrog (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massively built enforcer and killer. Also in Bison's employ is the assassin Vega (Taboo, of the group The Black Eyed Peas), a masked talon-wielding warrior, whose weapon is tailor-made for slashing and stabbing attacks. Bison's attache is the beautiful but deadly Cantana (Josie Ho).
As Bison instigates a wave of violence in the slum districts, grabbing power and land no matter what the costs to its residents, a team of heroes emerges. Chun-Li (Kristin Kreuk) is a half-Caucasian/half-Asian beauty who gave up a life of privilege to become a street fighter, battling for those who cannot fight for themselves. Her kung fu master, Gen (Robin Shou), once a feared criminal, now fights for the forces of good. Equally determined to stop Bison is Interpol cop Charlie Nash (Chris Klein), who has tracked the crime boss all over the world, and Nash's partner, gangland homicide detective Maya Sunee (Moon Bloodgood).
These vivid characters and their world are long known to fans of the iconic videogame "Street Fighter," which Capcom released in 1987. At the time, the 1-2 player game set a new precedent in two-dimensional interactive entertainment. In 1991, Capcom released to arcades, "Street Fighter II," featuring new characters and fighting styles.
The games' action and imaginatively staged fight scenes are a natural fit for a big screen translation, a fact embraced by noted producer and Hyde Park Entertainment chairman Ashok Amritraj - but only after his children, then aged 13 and 10, brought "Street Fighter" to his attention. "They really loved the game and told me I should make a movie based on it," says Amritraj. "I have them to thank for STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI."
The Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li soundtrack will be composed by Stephen Endelman and released by Lakeshore Records. You can pre-order the soundtrack now on Amazon.com, which releases February 24 .
Here's the soundtrack titles:
1. Chun-Li vs. Bison 2. Chun-Li Captured 3. Bison Takes Over 4. Opening Credits 5. The Montage 6. Arriving in Bangkok 7. The Break In 8. Mom Dies 9. Gen is Reborn 10. Running to Vega 11. Bison’s Entrance 12. Gen Attacked 13. Impress me 14. Following Balrog 15. Leaving Home 16. Bomb!!! 17. The Escape 18. Bathroom Fight 19. Vega Fight 20. Reunited with Father 21. Balrog Fight 22. Mothers Funeral 23. The White Rose 24. Chun-Li Training 25. Bison’s Meeting 26. Story of the Web 27. Going Home
Allison Mack talks about Kristin in NYPost.com interview:
quote:"PW: Similarly, I know you and Kristin Kreuk are very close -- how great was it to have the episode you directed focus on her character?
Allison: It was spectacular. Not only is she an incredible actress, but such a grounded woman. To have her energy on set was so solidifying for me -- her support, ideas and openness to help me was so soothing. It kept the experience from being too stressful -- she's the kind of friend you want to have with you everywhere, so the fact that she was such a integral part of my episode was such a treat."
ALL NEW SMALLVILLE - Kristin's Last Episode Of The Series
Posted by Webmistress on 2009-02-05
SMALLVILLE BRINGS IN ANOTHER DC VILLAIN — An explosion at LuthorCorp kills all the Board members and injures Oliver (Justin Hartley), who was there to announce the merger of his company with LutherCorp. Oliver believes that Lex is responsible for the blast, but Clark (Tom Welling) and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) learn that the bomber is Winslow Schott (guest star Chris Gauthier), a toymaker and former Queen Industries employee with a grudge against Oliver.
quote:"#8. Kristin Kreuk Claim to fame: First on Smallville now about to high-kick her way into a Street Fighter movie that’s sure to somehow be more of a candy-colored turd than the original. At least that had a soundtrack classic."
quote:"So! Exciting times for me… I am going to TED@Palm Springs next week! Now, some of you may already be TED addicts, and if not, well, I suppose that is okay too. But you can check them out here! I am inspired by the passion, creativity and collaborative nature of the event.
I will be sending in posts from there, and seek out some amazing women to join in the GBD mission!
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