FLUENT IN More languages than you are. Takeshi speaks Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese, and has appeared in movies and TV series filmed in Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan.
P.S. He also knows English...I wonder why the writer didn't mention that...
HOW HE GOT STARTED He appeared in commercials when he was a freshman in high school.
WHY HE GOT STARTED "I wanted a motorcycle. I didn't know anything about what I was doing."
BUT DID HE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MARTIAL ARTS FOR 'HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS'? "No. I didn't really think I was particularly good at it. After actually doing it in the film, I thought, 'Wow, it's hard to be an action star.' There's this level where you realize, I shouldn't do the things I can't do."
ON BEING RECOGNIZED BY BILLIONS -- "I actually don't go out in public much. So I guess everyone thinks it's a rare thing if they see me. I am greeted very 'warmly' wherever I go." [laughs]
WHEN YOU'LL SEE HIM IN A HOLLYWOOD FILM No time soon.
WELL, WHY NOT? "Until now, if you're going to 'participate' in a Hollywood film, you're better off as a viewer. If you appear in a film, you'll probably end up thinking, 'Hey, Japanese people aren't like that!' The roles are either kung fu or yakuza or the Chinese Mafia."
WHERE YOU CAN SEE HIM NOW In the Chinese film Perhaps Love. Takeshi also appears-or at least his likeness does-in the video-game series Onimusha. "At first they just wanted me to do the voice," he says. "But then they wanted to use my image, too. I like video games a lot, so I was a bit uneasy about it-would a game with a celebrity actor be successful? The production team and Capcom have extremely high marks and have put out a lot of good games, so I believed in them."