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Hollywood stars flock to China, give India a miss

Despite India being the largest producer of films, Hollywood biggies like Johnny Depp, Andrew Garfield, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have given the country a miss and prefered to promote their films in China.

hollywood Updated: Apr 04, 2014 13:17 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran

India makes the largest number of films in the world. About 1300 every 12 months, and the figure remains more or less the same year after year.

In comparison, China produces just about half that number. Yet, the country remains the most sought after spot for Hollywood with its top stars jetting into some of the big cities there to promote their blockbusters.

And India, despite its sheer numbers, is given the go-by by Big Hollywood.

After movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000 and Hero in 2002, the country has managed to captivate audiences across continents (the first was theatrically released in India as well). Chinese cinema garnered respect and support. Several countries went to China for co-production deals, and in 2012, it became the second largest market in the world after America. Last year, China grossed $ 3.6 billion at the box office.

It is predicted that China will be the biggest film market in 2018, a major hub for Hollywood studios.

With China’s movie market now stealing the show from Tokyo and Hong Kong, American actors feel that a stop at Beijing and Shanghai is a must for the success of their films.

Little wonder then that Hollywood stars like

Johnny Depp

hop over to China. A few days ago, he was there selling his new science fiction movie, Transcendence, which opens there on April 18.

One report says that during his 48-hour whirlwind tour, “He showed off his I-Ching inspired tattoo, answered questions about Chinese food and taped a special segment of the variety programme, Chinese Dream Show for Zhejiang TV. He attempted calligraphy with a giant brush and picked up an electric guitar to perform with Taiwanese musician David Tao — all in a single day”.

Last week, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx were in the Chinese capital to push The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans were also there with their Marvel superhero film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

With some of the Hollywood productions making more money in China than in the US, American stars feel obliged to fly into the Dragon country to talk about their movies. Maybe, such promotional trips are worked into the contracts the stars sign. Who knows?