Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Is Jackie Chan retiring from action films?

Jackie Chan
     Jackie Chan, the Hong Kong-born Chinese actor, is now retiring from action films. At age 58, Chan announced his retirement at the Cannes Film Festival. His decision is in part due to his age. He feels he's "too old" for the demanding stunts. He said that the upcoming film "Chinese Zodiac" will be his last action flick. "I am not young any more. I am really, really tired," Chan said. He also remarked that he has become turned off by the increasing level of violence in films today. "The world is too violent right now. It's a dilemma -- I love fighting. I like action. but I don't like violence."

   Indeed, fans of Chan's work will note that while his films have a tremendous number of impressive stunts, the action is rarely violent for the sake of being violent. Comedy and innocence are usually mixed in. Despite hanging up his kung fu kicks, good news to his supporters is that he's not retiring from acting. Chan said he wants to expand his range and take on more emotionally dramatic work.

   "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." Chan cited Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood as his role models.

   Chan expressed that his new movie "Chinese Zodiac" is one of the most important movies in his entire career. He stars as Asian Hawk, a man who searches the world for 12 bronze symbols from the Chinese zodiac. Chan wrote and directed, as well as kicked butt on screen.


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