Jackie Chan: Chinese Zodiac Is His 'Last Big Action Movie' (Updated)
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
58-year-old Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan stated at a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival that his new film Chinese Zodiac "will be my last big action movie."
The action star explained, "The world is too violent now. I love fighting but I hate violence."
Chan has appeared in over 100 movies, including a loose live-action adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga. He more recently appeared opposite Jaden Smith in the remake of The Karate Kid in 2010. Chan said he would still star in a hypothetical Karate Kid 2 or Rush Hour 4, but he is ready for more drama-based roles.
"I want the audience to know I'm not just about fighting, also I can act. And so, day by day, year by year, I said, 'Right, I'm going to show you the real Jackie Chan.'"
Chan's latest film is the third in his Armor of God series, following 1986's Armor of God and the 1991 film Operation Condor. Chan plays Asian Hawk, treasure-hunter searching for the 12 bronze heads of the Chinese zodiac. The film is slated for December.
Source: BBC News
Update: Jackie Chan responded to the news stories via his Facebook page stating:
"Hello all my friends and fans,
Yesterday in my press conference in Cannes for Chinese 12 Zodiac I said that this movie was my last big action movie.
Today I was shocked when I woke up to read all the news coverage that I was retiring from doing Action movies.
I just want to let everyone know that I am not retiring from doing action movies. What I meant to say is that I need to do less of the life risking stunts on my movies. After all these years of doing so many stunts and breaking so many bones, I need to take better care of my body so I can keep working.
I will continue to do international action movies.
And I will keep improving my English :-)
I love all of you!
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