John Cho Talks About Keeping Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' Adaptation "Strange"

The Korean-American actor is playing Spike Spiegel in the live-action remake.

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John Cho briefly touched on his ongoing Cowboy Bebop project during a recent interview with IGN, where the Korean-American actor mentioned the Netflix live-action adaptation’s desire to sustain the “strange” aspect of the classic ’90s anime.

The actor admits that while they have yet to communicate with anime director Shinichiro Watanabe, they are still in the early stages of production and the opportunity may arise later on. Cho continues to praise Cowboy Bebop for its perfect fusion of contrasting elements and mentions that his focus remained on the peculiar atmosphere for the anime.

When asked about his favorite episodes, Cho includes “Jupiter Jazz Part 1” where Faye Valentine meets Grencia Mars Elijah Guo Eckener for the first time and is confused about his gender due to his gynecomastia. He also talks about the “Speak Like A Child” episode where Spike and Jet Black attempt to locate a Betamax player, noting that the search for the machine alone was already eight minutes worth of animation.

Production for Netflix’s adaptation began in October 2019 but was quickly put on pause after Cho suffered an on-set knee injury. Sources claim that it was a “freak accident” that occurred during the final take of a well-rehearsed scene. The injury forced production to shut down for seven to nine months as the actor underwent surgery and rehabilitation, and will only resume once his prognosis is clear.

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