Moviemaker Roman Polanski is set to step out from behind the camera to play a French cop in the latest Rush Hour film.
The part marks the Pianist director's first Hollywood acting appearance since he played "man with knife" in 1974's Chinatown.
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner persuaded Polanski to take the role after raving about his performance in French indie film Le Locataire during a chance encounter with the Oscar winner.
Polanski, who lives in exile in Europe following his decision to flee America in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor, will join a cast that includes Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Max Von Sydow.
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