While debuting his new movie at the Cannes Film Festival last week, martial arts legend Jackie Chan announced that the film would be his last in the action genre. After his announcement received widespread coverage, though, the 58-year-old has now clarified things and lets us know that he actually isn’t leaving action films behind.
While addressing the Cannes crowd, Chan said Chinese Zodiac, his 100th movie, “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.”
As clear-cut as we thought that was, it seems that Chan didn’t mean that he’d be leaving the genre altogether, just that he’d no longer be doing his own stunts after 40-plus years. Apparently, his choppy English got the best of him.
He took to his Facebook page yesterday to explain:
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!
Along with continuing to kick butt (albeit with the assistance of a stuntman), Chan says he also plans on showing fans a different side of himself.
“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,” he says. “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.”