Jackie Chan is NOT retiring from Action Films

Chan in his Hollywood breakthrough film Rumble...
Chan in his Hollywood breakthrough film Rumble in the Bronx. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A month ago it was reported that Jackie Chan, while at the Cannes Film Festival promoting his latest film Chinese Zodiac,  made a public announcement that he would no longer be doing action films.

His fans were shocked, saddened and (let’s face it) heartbroken. No more awesome to the extreme Jackie Chan stunts? No more brilliantly choreographed fight scenes? No chance for a Jet Li Jackie Chan film again…ever??


Not true.


Almost as famous as Jackie’s stunt work is his ‘non-command’ of the English language. Over the years we have seen, in just the out-takes of his films, the problem he has with English. It is often hilarious, or at least it seems so when we see Jackie ‘creasing up’ at his verbal faux pa’s.

Jackie Chan began his film career as a stuntma...
Jackie Chan began his film career as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973, pictured). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Jackie realised what the world thought he said, he immediately posted on his facebook page what he had really meant:

“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 :-)

English: Jackie Chan star in Hollywood Walk of...

A special thanks to Nerdjunkies.com for initially breaking the news of Jackies ‘retirement‘ from action films and then updating the status to fans of Jackie. For the original feature go to http://nerdjunkies.com/2012/05/jackie-chan-is-retiring-from-action-movies/#.T-Gx6xfY-So and they have included some of their fave footage of Jackie.

To say I am relieved is the understatement of the century. I have been a fan of Jackie’s for years. I think that his stunt-work and his fight choreography are in a category so far above the standard that there should be a category of film awards called: The Jackie Chan Award for Stunt Choreography.

Just my own humble opinion, but…

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