I have sad news for all action movie fans: Jackie Chan is retiring from action cinema.
The 58-year-old Hong Kong legend announced his retirement at the Cannes Film Festival, stating that his upcoming movie Chinese Zodiac will be his last action picture. "I am not young any more. I am really, really tired," Chan remarked at a press conference.
Chan also mentioned how the current levels of violence in movies just aren't his thing. "The world is too violent right now. It's a dilemma--I love fighting. I love action, but I don't like violence." As a longtime fan of his movies, I see where he's coming from--while there's a whole lot of ass-kicking and stunts in his movies, you almost never see Jackie Chan hurt anybody more than he really has to.
While Chan won't be doing his usual slapstick martial arts any more, he's not going to be retiring from acting as a whole. "I don't just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image. I want the audience to know also that 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 went on to mention Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood as his role models.
Jackie Chan started out as an extra in Hong Kong action movies, and even got killed by Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon.
Best thirty seconds of my life.
In the wake of Bruce Lee's death, he tried to pioneer a new, comedic style of action that eventually became his signature. In time, he became one of the most beloved action stars in cinematic history, and was especially famous for doing all of his own stunts--at least until he got older, anyways.
I can understand why Jackie Chan is doing this, but I'm still kind of sad to see him stepping down from action movies. Better he retires this way than by permanently retiring himself due to a botched stunt. What are some of your favorite Jackie Chan movies? Over his career, what do you think are his most memorable stunts and fight scenes?
UPDATE: Apparently not! In a statement on his Facebook page, Jackie Chan clarified his Cannes statement. While Chinese Zodiac will be his last major action film, Jackie is not retiring from action films as a whole, and will simply not be doing the dangerous stunts that made him famous. Think of this like the time Jet Li said he wasn't going to do any more period martial arts films--they're still in the game, they just want to take a step back from what they're most known for.
via Yahoo! Movies
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