Funny-man and martial arts genius Jackie Chan announces his official retirement from action movies. After 100 films, Chan, 58, is “too old” for stunts and worries about the violence that action films can stir up in their audiences.
Although Chan has previously hinted that he would leave the action scene soon, he didn’t make any public announcements about why or when until recently.
At the premiere of his new movie, Chinese Zodiac, at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Chan divulged that it would be his last performance as an action man. Chan admitted that performing for the action genre puts too much physical strain on him and he’s tired.
This is my last action film. I am not young any more. I am really, really tired.
Chan also said that people’s thirst for aggressiveness and violence has become much too big recently.
The world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I love fighting. I like action. but I don’t like violence.
The martial arts star expressed his desire to be cast in more serious roles that display his acting range.
I want the audience to know I am not just about fighting. I can also act … I want to get rid of my image. I want the audience to know also I’m not only a comedian. I can act. Day by day, year by year, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan.
Chan began his long career in the early 1970s, when he worked as a stuntman with Bruce Lee in the films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon. Chan gained recognition when he acted in the 1978 film Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow. In the 1990s, Chan grew even more famous for his style of acting, which mixed authentic martial arts and comedy. Chan performed his own stunts and has broken almost every bone in his body.
Chan’s most popular films include Rush Hour, Rumble in the Bronx, and Shanghai Noon. Most recently, Chan voiced Master Monkey in the animated hit Kung Fu Panda, and played a Miyagi-type mentor in a 2012 remake of The Karate Kid.
Chan’s newly premiered film is the third in his Armor of God series.
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