– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Some Hollywood legends never die, and I’m not even talking about the good legends. I’m talking about the train wreck, so bad they’re not even good legends that paint Tinsel Town every few years. One such legend was the famously-awful Dragon Ball Evolution. Based on the manga Dragon Ball from Akira Toriyama, the film hoped to be the start of a new film franchise, but if you’ve seen it, you know that it nowhere near approached that goal.

However, despite the awful movie it ended up becoming, it still sported a cast of decent actors that included TV actors Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, James Marsters (of Buffy fame), and even Chinese superstar Chow Yun-Fat. So how did they manage to get even the likes of Yun-Fat into the train wreck of a movie? Speaking with CBR, Marsters open up on the deceitful tactic used.

“Yeah, they told me it was a $120 million dollar picture and that Steven Chow was producing. Steven Chow who did Kung Fu Hustle [and Shaolin Soccer]… So, I get to Durango, Mexico and it’s a $30 million picture and Steven Chow was just on paper to fool us down to Durango, Mexico. Chow Yun-Fat and I were cursing in the desert over this like, ‘Son of a bitch!'”

The rest is history. The two brought everything they could to the roles, but between the terrible script and low budget, there was no coming back from this one.

In the interview, Marsters even recounted the embarrassing incident of taking a trek to the movie theaters to see the film with his kids, and feeling better upon seeing a packed house — only to realize they’d accidentally walked into the latest Fast & Furious movie. They then went to the real theater, which only had five people including him and his kids.

“It’s probably for the best that not a lot of people saw it,” Marsters said.

Wow, what a downer of a story. I guess, let this be a lesson NOT to let yourself get tricked into a role?

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.