Meet Tony Jaa, Dog Lover, In New Demo Reel

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
While I'm really not sure why anyone associated with Tony Jaa would think that the Thai martial arts star particularly needs a new demo reel at this stage of his career, we've got exactly that with a brief new reel hitting Vimeo over the weekend. It's nothing particularly flashy, though it does include some sequences with a trained police dog - these bits also appear in a promo video for an upcoming dog competition also released over the weekend - which makes me think this is likely early prep work for Dolph Lundgren production Skin Trade.

Take a look at the video below.
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  • yakumpakenappeh

    I have a feeling we may find this is not actually Tony Jaa. In the face, there are differences.

  • It absolutely IS Tony. We've confirmed with his management.

  • calling it

    this is not tony jaa

  • calling it

    This guy looks like a dancer turned stuntman. Tony Jaa's martial arts looks like there could be power behind it.

  • Heijoshin

    Wow. I have to say that this was really poorly done in my opinion. In a way it almost seems like the type of demo reel that some one that has no experience was putting together as their first demo reel for work in American films. It's hardly up to the quality of Jaa himself or the market he works in.

    I can't speak positively of Tony Jaa's judgement as it seems to have been poor as of late but if I were Jaa and I watched this after an afternoon of filming, it would be burned immediately. For it not to be flashy is one thing for for it to look like this is embarrassing.

  • yakumpakenappeh

    That is not Tony Jaa, so you blew a load snot on him for nothing. Even his deep voice at the end is a giveaway. He has similar general features, which is why it fooled a lot of people that think they know Tony Jaa. But keep looking.

  • Heijoshin

    The only comment that I made specifically referring to Tony Jaa was "I can't speak positively of Tony Jaa's judgement as it seems to have been poor as of late." That statement is a statement completely of my own opinion and at the most could only be argued as conjecture though I wouldn't consider it so.

    The negative points that I made spoke directly about this video. I don't care who shot it or stared in it. My opinion still stands. I don't appreciate what you have accused me of.

    "That is not Tony Jaa, so you blew a load snot on him for nothing."
    Not only was that crass but it was also uncalled for.

  • yakumpakenappeh

    When I respond, that is my opinion. Personally I feel it is okay for any of us to do so, not just some. You don't know if Tony's judgement had anything to do with this.

  • Heijoshin

    Alright. This is going to be my last post on this because dragging it out is the last thing I want to do. So I suppose if you feel the need to get the last word if go right ahead and reply to this. I won't bother to answer.

    Again... I posted stating "I can't speak positively of Tony Jaa's judgement because it seems to have been poor as of late.'' This is my opinion of his judgement in how he has conducted himself in the public eye over the last few years. I stand by my statement, which is my opinion, whether his judgement has anything to do with this reel or not.

    I also stand by my statement that I find this to be poor quality for a demo reel.

    As for your 'opinion' you made a metaphorical statement about what I said. My opinion is still that that was crass and uncalled for. Sure, we are all entitled to our opinions here. I just don't take kindly to people casting me in such a negative light. I feel that you were rude to me personally by the words you chose to describe my action but truth be told, I was over it after I posted the first time.

    Do as you like. Moderating isn't my job so I'm done here.

  • That absolutely IS Tony Jaa, we've confirmed it with his management.

  • yakumpakenappeh

    I know Michael Selby, who posted this video on his vimeo and started a Tony Jaa facebook is stating he is his management. And only you through twitch have made articles on sahamongkol suing Tony. The answer is in there somewhere. All other articles just reference twitch.

  • The English articles generally reference us, yes. The Thai articles, however, ran in every major paper and news outlet in the country. The lawsuit threat was made at a press conference. The complete press conference isn't hard at all to find online. This is all completely real and easy to verify, don't know why you have such a burning need to deny it.

  • yakumpakenappeh

    I have no burning need, just a sense to get to the truth. And not particularly about the lawsuit. Just that it doesn't really look like him, the more I compare it with other videos. This person's face and body look different, they don't do the moves as flawlessly as Tony does. It could be a Tony Jaa stand in, I am not sure. Michael Selby may not really be his manager. There is another video on youtube called Tony Jaa MJ style demo 24th August 2013, which looks more like him, and it sounds like him.

  • The truth is that you're accusing people of lying and setting out to destroy someone's career based on absolutely nothing. That's slander. Selby absolutely IS Jaa's manager. Unlike you, I know this from direct conversations with him, with people he has negotiated deals on Jaa's behalf with, and with Jaa's US agent. Selby's legit. You're just some guy talking shit about things you know nothing about.

  • yakumpakenappeh

    Okay, this makes sense. Most everyone has either said the video makes Tony look bad, or was not needed, and some said they don't think it is him. Yet now you are Selby's defender. I don't know if anyone is lying, but I would only take Tony Jaa's word for it, at this point. It is a sincere question to ask someone, "are you deliberately trying to ruin his career? Because most every response I have seen, either here, youtube or vimeo has been critical. That is not nothing. That makes the question valid. Good managers know what to do and not do.

  • Heijoshin

    Thank you for weighing in on this Todd. I appreciate your diligence.

  • yakumpakenappeh

    It is not Tony Jaa, I can only speculate why this is being insisted, and there could be several possibles, none of which Tony Jaa is a part of, but it is not him. Who is his management, I will contact them directly, because I do not believe you.

  • Marcel Samson

    I wouldn't say embarrassing, but it's nothing special at all. Usual repetitive tricks and sloppy all around. Again no contest from the 'baddies', standing around as usual waiting to get hit....

  • Heijoshin

    Exactly. Those points are part of the reason why I said it was embarrassing. It's simply not up to the caliber of what he could do. I suppose a more accurate statement would have been, "If I were Tony Jaa I would have found this reel embarrassing."

    I hope no one here gets me wrong. I really do wish the best for him and I hope that he can make a comeback and do even more incredible work than he's ever produced before. Even though it was a little bit of a mess in places I still enjoyed Ong-Bak 2 despite popular opinion of the film. That should at least give me some credit toward not being a hater.

    I just don't see how something like this helps him. Especially when you can look at some lesser know people's reels on youtube and find much more impressive content and production. He should be very conscious of him image right now if he really wants to have a solid chance at success again any time soon.

  • judge dredds dirty undies

    This video seems more like it would put people off. Why not just edit stuff from his films together?

  • Dj Trils

    Good to see he fit again, that Chang belly he had in Ong -bak was... :o

  • Chinese Sword

    That was awesome! I'm hoping that he could work with more directors outside of Thailand, someone like Gareth Evans might help his career.

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