Chan is saying goodbye to action films and hello to Merchant Ivory films…
When Jackie Chanannounced — back in May — that he was retiring from action films to become the “Asian Robert De Niro” I spent four days in a dark room surrounded only by a chipped bottle of Boone’s Farm (it was reduced), a bag of pretzels, and a pile of regret about the fact that I had been born too early to witness the full impact of the one they I call “Chan the Man”. Thankfully though, sunshine has been allowed to peek in through the black paint on my windows — the trailer has arrived for Chan’s new $37 million dollar action epic Chinese Zodiac, which is Chan’s 100th film. The actor also wrote, directed, and ostensibly choreographed those sick sick rollerblade moves that you are about to feast your lucky eyes upon.
Synopsis: It’s a Chinese remake ofthe Seth Green r-blade epic Airborne, right?
Jackie Chan has been the face of Martial Arts since the 90’s, but today he hangs his cap. While promoting his latest film Chinese Zodiac at Cannes, Jackie Chan officially announced that he would be retiring from acting in action films.
“[Chinese Zodiac] 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.
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.
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.”
So at 58 years-old, it is understandable that the actor feels its time to keep himself from harm, and build a different image for himself. Jackie Chan has starred in over 100 films, most of which were in the action genre. His current decision is said to be a combination of wanting serious acting roles, and just being to tired to keep up with the high stakes in current action films, which revolve around larger amounts becoming tired of starring in films that revolve around large amounts of violence.
This news makes the JC Film Nostalgia come up, so check out this video clip of Rush Hour Bloopers, and tell us what you think of the announcement.