Jackie Chan not retiring from action cinema

News Glen Chapman
19 May 2012 - 14:31

Updated: Jackie Chan has clarified his recent comments on retiring from action cinema.

UPDATE: We've left the original story in tact below, but Jackie Chan has taken to Facebook to clarify his comments, and issue the following statement:

"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!


Here's our original story:

It was bound to happen one day, but it’s sad news nonetheless; Jackie Chan has announced his decision to retire from action movies. Whilst at the Cannes Film Festival the action legend was publicising his latest movie Chinese Zodiac and stated that he has begun to feel “really, really tired”, which is hardly as surprise given just how far he’s pushed himself over the years for the enjoyment of his audience.

He went on to say: “This is my last action film, I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired and the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma - I like action but I don’t like violence. For the last 10 years I have been making some other different movies. I want to be an Asian 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 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’s career began in the 1960s and Chinese Zodiac marks his 100th film, the vast majority of which saw him push his body to its limit.

Brett Ratner, who directed the Rush Hour trilogy, had the following to say about Chan: “Jackie is superhuman. He does things that no actor would ever do. In Hollywood we would do a green screen and put the actors on wires and pretend they were in the sky. Jackie does it for real. No other actor, I don’t care who they are, can do what Jackie Chan can do.”

Jackie Chan is a remarkable talent and a great asset to the movie industry. And, with thanks for the many action moments of joy he's given us over the years, we wish him well in his future movies.


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