Whether you watch the TV reboot or not, one of the great things about Rush Hour is that its a show centered around two leads of color. With all the chatter around diversity on television and in the movies (although the success of shows like Grey’s Anatomy and many other TV shows with diverse casts makes television less of an issue) Hires says he understands the import of he and Foo’s being at the top of the call sheet.
“Two minority leads on network television is extremely important and I don’t take this lightly,” Hires says. “The fact that we’re starting to see great deal of diversity in Hollywood is incredible but it shouldn’t be a big deal. It should be the norm. Especially in America. It’s a melting pot and it’s a diverse country that’s why you see a lot of shows with diverse casts that are doing well right now because people identify with it. That’s what they walk outside and see. If you don’t show it overseas, that’s what they become accustomed to. If you start showing it more, that’s what they’ll get used to. I’m glad that I can be part of the solution to see more diverse casts on network television.”
As for whether Tucker or Chan has given the TV Rush Hour a thumbs up, Hires doesn’t know. He has met his idol, Chris Tucker, though, and it was all love.
“I’m a fan of Chris Tucker,” Hires says. “So I want to make sure it’s done correctly like everyone else. I want to make everyone proud.”
Rush Hour debuts Thursday, March 31 at 10 p.m. on CBS
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