Even a tiny speck of Hollywood dust must have weighed like a tonne of gold to movie stars on this side of the Pacific. It must have felt like a validation - no, it is a validation, a passport to a new planet, the one phone call that vindicates all the hard work and years of toiling.
I'm thinking about Chow Yun-fat, Jackie Chan, Jet Li - Chinese-speaking men who crossed over to Hollywood (and have crossed back to Asia). I'm thinking about Rain of South Korea (Speed Racer, remember?) or Joe Taslim of Indonesia, who recently and briefly appeared in Fast and Furious 6.
I'm also thinking about our Tony Jaa, the butt-kicking elephant boy from Surin known to Thais as Jaa Panom. He's got that one phone call, that "make-it" moment, and now he's all set to be a part of Fast and Furious 7. He also seems ready to burn a few bridges and raise a lot of eyebrows as he makes the leap across the ocean, to leave the grimy set of B-grade Thai stunt flicks to join Vin Diesel and the big boys in the major league in California.
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