Brett Ratner can cross out yet another celebrity from his dream cast for "Rush Hour 3." In an interview with a sports writer from a Chinese newspaper, it’s revealed that Basketball superstar Yao Ming (Year of the Yao) has turned down a role in the film.
Ratner had wanted to recreate the popular fight scene between Bruce Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from "Game of Death" with Chris Tucker in the Lee role and Yao Ming in the Abdul-Jabbar role. Ming didn’t give a reason for declining the offer, but his image probably has a lot to do with it. He is considered a hero in China; playing a heavy might not sit too well with his Chinese fans.
In an interview with ComingSoon.net in May, Brett Ratner named his dream cast for "Rush Hour 3" – Tony Jaa, Yao Ming, Aishwarya Rai (Bollywood’s most popular actress), and Gong Li. Jaa declined Ratner’s offer about a month ago. There’s no word from Rai and Li yet.