Chinese Zodiac to be Jackie Chan’s last action film?

Having landed on his head falling from a clock tower (Project A), burnt his hands while sliding down a 70-foot pole (Police Story) and snowboarded off of a cliff (First Strike), it’s a miracle that Jackie Chan is still alive. However, at 58 years old he’s decided to call it quits on action movies.

Chan was at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his latest film, Chinese Zodiac, the third film in his Armour of God series. While not giving up acting all together, he claims that this will be his last action endeavour, saying, “This is my last action film. I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired.” Notorious for performing his own stunts, Chan has starred in over 100 films, and his dangerous stunts have very nearly cost him his life, having broken his nose, most of his ribs, his cheekbones as well as fracturing his skull.

Chinese Zodiac has Chan writing, directing and starring in the film. He reprises his role as the fortune hunter Asian Hawk, who travels the world trying to track down a set of missing antiques that make up the Chinese zodiac. ”I would still do action movies, said Chan, “but not a big one like this. I hope this movie, 20 years later, people still remember it. For me, for the audience, for my future, for my history – it’s very important.”

While we may not see Chan fighting in the future, he still wishes to remain acting, saying, “Clint Eastwood – 60-70 years old, he can still move. I said yes, that’s my goal. Because action stars’ life is so short. Actor’s life is very long. I want to show audiences I can act. Day by day, year by year, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan.”

Check out the latest trailer for Chinese Zodiac below, and you can see that despite his age, he’s still scaling rooftops and sliding down stairs, as well as proving to be fighting fit! 

Chinese Zodiac is released in China on December 12th.

Source: Associated Press

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