News Otaku Comic Tsuchida Declined Dragonball Film Role
posted on 2008-12-05 01:22 EST by Egan Loo
Japanese comedic talent Teruyuki Tsuchida revealed on the Gokigenyō television variety show on Wednesday that he was offered a role on Twentieth Century Fox's live-action adaptation of Akira Toriyama's Dragonball manga, but he declined the role. He explained that his schedule was too busy to fit the project in. Tsuchida is a self-professed anime otaku, and he makes his fandom part of his comic routine. He made an appearance at the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 premiere event and joked that he just wanted to come to see the anime early. Tsuchida said on Wednesday that he was asked to play a person who gets attacked by the antagonist Piccolo because he held a Dragon Ball.
James Wong's Dragonball film will open on March 14 in Japan, and then on April 8 in the United States. Actress Emmy Rossum (Bulma) posted on her Myspace blog on Tuesday that she is in Tokyo this week with Justin Chatwin, who plays the film's main role of Son Goku. The publisher Shueisha is holding a special Dragonball panel at its Jump Festa event on December 20 with exclusive footage and "special guests from the film."
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