Stepping into Jackie Chan‘s shoes is a daunting task – but British martial artist and actor Jon Foo is for to the challenge.
The Rush Hour star plays Det. Lee, the character made famous by Chan in the film trilogy – and actually got his start when he sent his martial arts demo to Chan, who invited him to join his stunt team in Hong Kong.
“I’ve watched pretty much every Jackie Chan movie ever made,” Foo tells PEOPLE. “I was very inspired by his timing and rhythm. That’s what makes his fight scenes entertaining.”
Foo, 33, has starred in a number of martial arts films – so he’s more than comfortable with the stunt demands of Rush Hour. He says (so far) he hasn’t had any big injuries on set.
“Just a few ego injuries. No physical damage,” Foo says with a laugh. “We get as close to the danger as possible and captured it.”
Foo stars alongside comedian Justin Hires, who is stepping into the role made famous by Chris Tucker. And although it’s a TV show, Foo says it contains some of the biggest stunts he works on.
“It’s some of the most crazy stunts and crazy things I’ve experienced, from running up cranes to jumping on yachts,” says Foo.
Rush Hour premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.