In an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, Jackie Chan has announced that his most recent film, Chinese Zodiac, will be his last film in the action genre.
[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.
After appearing in over 100 films, most of which have required him to do stunt and action work, I can easily understand why he says he feels tired. But I would imagine that age 58, he is also concerned that just by the nature of aging he is not the same action performer that he used to be. And while I have been a fan of his work since the day I first a grainy multi-generation dupe bootleg videotape of Armor Of God twenty years ago, I would rather see him acknowledge that and bow out of this phase of his career gracefully rather than have it forced on him through some horrible on-set accident.
As for his future, who knows? He has been demonstrated his dramatic chops incrementally in his films of late, so it is not like it will be a sudden switch of gears. He has also had some success in Asia as a pop singer, so perhaps he could channel his physicality into a musical?
Via Daily Mail.