Jackie Chan announces retirement from action films

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Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan has announced his retirement as an action star, saying he is too old for stunts and the world it too full of violence.

The 58-year-old actor, who has done 100 action films so far and will be seen in the new production “Chinese Zodiac”, said increasing violence in the wider world had put him off from action, reported Daily Mail.

“This is my last action film. I am not young any more. I am really, really tired. The world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I love fighting. I like action. but I don’t like violence,” he said.

The screen legend said he wanted to take on more serious roles and emulate the success of Robert De Niro.

“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 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,” he added.

Chan began his career as a stuntman working with Bruce Lee in the films “Fist of Fury” and “Enter the Dragon” in the early 1970s but big break was in 1978 film “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow”.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I am a Jackie Chan fan from Nigeria, I have watched almost all his films and I enjoyed them all, The karate kid, the spy the next door, the forbidden kingdom, little Big soldier to mention but few. You are my starand you have nothing more to prove. I remember my best movies; the midealon, taxidor, snake in the monkey shadow and my very best RUSH HOUR…

  2. 成龍 Jackie Chan wrote on his Official Facebook Page on 19/05/2012:

    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!

    Jackie

  3. Jackie- rush hour; jackie- police story; jackie- the drunken master; infact, jackie- my action star, role model, my appitizer & emotional therapy. I love u, i hail u. I’m your all time great fan, Excel dE magnificient, from Nigeria.

  4. Jackie you re 2tru a chinese legend, i luv u man. I’m ur greatest fan n u re my role model, i rememba d tym wen dey used 2 cal me Jackie bcos i normally act lyk Jackie Chan; Jackie u wil b greatly missed in d moving industry. U wer born 2 reign Jackie, you ll neva walk alone bcos God is wit u. I luv u!!!

  5. Good thinking Jacky, but you don’t need to prove anything to stop violence bcos, even in your action role, you have shown the world that violence is not good. You have also acted different roles in these action movies. roles such as comedy, motivator, historian, peacemaker to mention but a few. You are indeed a great actor.

  6. The great Chan, I salute u.
    u are the best of the best.
    its God that just park all the talents and give u.
    pls, If u can come to Nigeria and act one movie, it will be a great record for life.

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