Outtakes Online: Going Gangnam in ‘Little China’
BY MIKE GORDON / firstname.lastname@example.org
In your mind, you probably never pictured Psy’s “Gangnam Style” rap and John Carpenter’s cult classic “Big Trouble in Little China” sharing a cinematic moment, but Wesley Freitas has.
Freitas, the Maui-born actor who created last summer’s viral video “Batman Maybe,” just released a follow-up parody he calls “Lo Pan Style.”
It’s a wild send-up named for the original movie’s evil character, played by James Hong, whom Freitas actually convinced to dance in “Lo Pan Style.”
The 30-year-old Freitas wrote the lyrics, produced and directed the video and stars as both the ancient and young version of Lo Pan. That’s him under the 2,000-year-old wrinkles and that’s him again, sashaying past the entrance to L.A.’s Chinatown dressed in a black robe and wearing sunglasses, a fake beard and long fingernails.
Freitas has been a big fan of “Big Trouble in Little China” since he was in high school. He has seen it so often — sometimes at midnight screenings with die-hard fans — that he can quote almost any part of the movie, he said.
“It was one of those movies that when you watch as a kid you don’t know what is happening but you like it and you revisit it,” Freitas said. “This is one of the few movies form childhood that is better than I remembered. It grows on you.”
It looks like “Lo Pan Style” is growing on people as well. It launched Sunday and already has more than 252,000 views.
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.