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John Cho worries he’s ‘too sexy’ for his role as cowboy Bebop

John Cho joked about being ‘too sexy’ to play Spike Spiegel in the live-action adaptation of Netflix’s beloved Cowboy Bebop anime.


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Live-action adaptation of Netflix’s extremely popular anime Cowboy Bebop has been awaited with much anticipation since its announcement. Before the movie officially premiered, three members of the film’s cast sat together to discuss the show.

Cowboy Bebop is one of the most recognized anime from the 90s and tells the adventures of a group of bounty hunters in space. The sci-fi series, tinged with neo-noir, has an impressive legacy and great pressure on its adaptation following Netflix’s earlier efforts at adapting live-action anime.

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John Cho talked about playing the central role of Spike Spiegel in Live-action by Netflix Cowboy Bebop. When asked if he had any fears about playing the beloved space cowboy at the Vulture Festival panel, he joked that he was afraid he was “too sexy” for the role. Cho went on to say, more seriously this time, that he feels pressured to play an iconic character that is loved by so many and worries whether people will like the adaptation. But these worries are said to have quelled for him as the passion and knowledge of the original anime from the crew became apparent to him and his co-stars. When he noticed he was doubting himself, Cho said he was just trying to imitate Spike’s attitude of someone who “goes around and knows he can do this”, which fans will recognize.

However, Cho’s sarcastic remarks somewhat resonated with the anxiety surrounding the film adaptation. Also at the Vulture Festival panel was Daniella Pineda, cast as Faye Valentine, who has been getting a lot of hate lately for her character’s first look. However, she didn’t let herself be removed, releasing a response video jokingly apologizing that she was “anatomically mismatched” with the animation. After Netflix’s past anime to remake live-action Death Note heavily bombed, a large amount of pressure is pressing on Cowboy Bebop. According to some early reviews, that’s not good news. IndieWire reportedly called the show a “cosmic disaster,” while Slate rated it as “Netflix’s latest live-action anime blunder.”

However, it is worth noting that a Netflix show for Cowboy Bebop confirm it’s not a live remake of the anime, so fans and critics expecting a similar adaptation may want more open-mindedness. IGN even praised the show for its strong acting and blatant love for its original material, something Cho also alluded to to the show. The soundtrack is a prized component of the original anime, and the inclusion of Yoko Kanno and Seatbelt (who created the beloved anime’s opening theme) in this adaptation will delight those fans expect.

Highly stylized Cowboy Bebop intro video, released last month, has ramped up the hype surrounding the series, and fans can finally see if the movie hits that hype.

Cowboy Bebop Now available to stream on Netflix.

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The source: The vulture


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