Ratner Talks "X-Men" and "Rush Hour" Sequels

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IESB.net's Movie Reporter had a rather intriguing interview with filmmaker Brett Ratner recently, and the guy offered all kinds of dish on "Rush Hour 3," "X-Men 3," and the various spin-offs that are planned for everyone's favorite team of mutated crime-fighters.

"Q: Beyond X-Men you are looking at Rush Hour 3...

BR: Yeah I am going to do Rush Hour 3 next.

Q: Where are you shooting?

BR: New York and Paris.

Q: You mentioned that you are looking for an Indian actress, a really hot Indian actress to be in Rush Hour 3.

BR: I love her, Aishwarya Rai, the most beautiful woman in the world.

Q: Would you cast her?

BR: I am trying to right now. She's the most beautiful woman in the world and it's my dream to put her in the movie, Aishwarya Rai is considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world.

Q: Everything is lined up and everything is ready to go, you are in pre production?

BR: Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the first and second [Rush Hours films], Catch Me If You Can and is currently writing Indiana Jones 4 right now, wrote Rush Hour 3. I'm so excited, When I read the first 50 pages and it's was some of the funniest shit that I have ever read in my life. I cannot ... wait to shoot this movie.

Q: What can we expect from Rush Hour 3?

BR: Bigger, it's just funnier, everything. Rush Hour even has heart, they have emotion, you care about these characters. You know these characters. So it's just gonna go another level, the stakes are going to be raised. Hopefully Chris Tucker's character is going to grow and learn something from this experience and Jackie Chan as well. Prepare to laugh from beginning to end."
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I love how the guy has to mention "most beautiful woman in the world" three times, as if it's a proven fact or something. Ms. Rai is, of course, drop-dead stunning, but maybe I consider my girlfriend "the most beautiful woman in the world," y'know? Also, and I hate to be nasty but, "prepare to laugh from beginning to end?" From a "Rush Hour" sequel? Methinks the Ratner has a knack for embellishment.

Anyway, X-fanatics and Rush Hourers will want to read the whole interview to get all the dirt. Me, I'm trying to stay spoiler free for "X-Men: The Last Stand," which opens on May 26th.

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