Dax Shepard, who wrote, directed and stars in the big screen adaptation of the vintage TV series CHiPs, says he did the movie for one reason — and it wasn’t necessarily because of any great love for the show itself.
Shepard, a motorcycle enthusiast, said that the film was “100 percent motorcycle driven,” adding, “I love motorcycles and I’m always looking to do anything that can hold comedy and motor sports. So I did this little movie, Hit and Run, that was a car chase movie, and this seemed like an amazing opportunity to do motorcycles — which you don’t see. There hasn’t been a motorcycle chase movie in I can’t even think of when, you know, the ’70s or something.”
While Shepard, who plays straight-laced Jon Baker in the film (the role originally played by Larry Wilcox on the show), has logged lots of time on two wheels, co-star Michael Pena — who plays his partner Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the Erik Estrada character — had rarely been on a bike before: “I had training for four weeks and felt pretty confident, but then I got on these CHP bikes, which are much, much heavier, and I was like, ‘Dude, I’m gonna die.’”
CHiPs, which also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody and Kristen Bell, comes out March 24.