Cowboy Bebop: Original Spike Spiegel Actor Shares Fun John Cho Story

Exclusively, Steve Blum, Cowboy Bebop anime Spike Mirror star, reveals the hilarious story of how he nearly met John Cho live-action during filming.

Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel Star Steve Blum exclusively shares the story of how he nearly met John Cho, live-action actor during filming. Sunrise animated the late ’90s sci fi neo-noir series. It was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and featured Keiko Nobumoto as screenwriter, Toshihiro Kawmoto as character designer, Kimitoshi Yamane, Kimitoshi Yamane as mechanical designer, and Yoko Kanno as composer. They were billed collectively under the name Hajime Yatate. Cowboy Bebop focused on the adventures of bounty hunters who travel through the galaxy on the starship titled.

Cowboy Bebop has received wide acclaim since its debut. It is often cited as one the most popular anime and animation styles and is credited with helping to introduce Western viewers the latter with its English dub. The franchise’s success has led to the expansion of the franchise to manga and interquel films in 2001, as well as the live-action series on Netflix. John Cho will play Spike Spiegel in the latest Cowboy Bebop incarnation, Daniela Pineda will portray Faye Valentine, and Mustafa Shakir will portray Jet Black.

Screen Rag spoke exclusively to Blum about the legacy of the original anime. He also shared his humorous history with John Cho, current Spike Spiegel. Blum revealed that the two had planned to meet up with the rest live-action cast in New Zealand during filming, but Cho’s injury and the pandemic shutdown prevented them from doing so. They have since become virtual friends. Below is Blum’s statement.

“I actually stalked John Cho a little bit when I found out that he had the role. I reached out to him and he actually responded and I’d like to call him a friend, I don’t know if he considers me that yet, but we’ve had a few little digital conversations. I was actually supposed to go out and meet the cast in New Zealand when they were first starting to film and then he broke his leg.

I was in New Zealand for a convention, I missed him by like three days, so I never had that opportunity to do that. I put it out there that I’m available if he wanted to talk about anything, but I’m kind of glad that he didn’t, because I feel like he’s gonna bring his own unique presence to the character and I’m very curious to see what he does with that.”

The shocking news that Cho was injured on the set Cowboy Bebop sent shockwaves through Hollywood. This was because it represented a troubling sign for a program already doubted by fans following multiple failed live-action anime adaptations. Cho’s inability to reach out to Blum may be a concern, particularly since Watanabe was not hired as a creative consultant until the end of the pandemic. Cho, however, has revealed in interviews that he used both shutdowns as a way to bring about the best adaptation of the anime, which he has also discussed with the public.

Although Cho and Blum didn’t meet before Cowboy Bebop was produced, Blum’s mention of them having digital conversations is certain to be a pleasant note for anime fans. Although some people are skeptical about the show’s quality, Cho’s Spikespiegel has received a lot praise from fans. The trailers and posters have shown that there is a lot of love for the show. The live-action series Cowboy Bebop will premiere on Netflix November 19.