Jackie Chan wants to be serious but will never quit action films

Fri May 17, 2013 11:58am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

CANNES (Reuters) - After countless broken bones and smashed teeth, Jackie Chan has given up doing his own stunts and wants more serious roles but the Kung Fu actor says he will never stop being an action star despite earlier plans to quit big action movies.

At the Cannes film festival to promote his upcoming film "Skiptrace", the Hong Kong actor said at 59 he could no longer do his own stunts as it took so long to recover from any injury.

"I am not a superhero," Chan, in a white polo-necked shirt and Chinese-style jacket, told Reuters on Friday in an interview at a beachfront restaurant on the French Riviera.

"I really want to be like an Asian Robert de Niro who can do all kinds of things - comedy, drama, heavy roles," he said, adding that he would love the chance to play a villain.

Chan, who has starred in more than 150 films in a career spanning more than 40 years, last year said he would retire from big action movies after "Chinese Zodiac 2012", released in December.

It was quite an announcement from an actor who made his name flying across the big screen in hand-to-hand combat and car chases in films like "Rush Hour" and "Police Story".

"I am not young any more ... and I don't want to break my ankle or my arm again," he said, adding that he currently needed a shoulder operation.

His next film is an action movie, "New Police Story 2013", the sixth in the franchise, that had its first public screening last month at a film festival in Beijing where Chan now lives, and will hit theatres later this year.   Continued...

Actor Jackie Chan poses on a yatch during a photocall for the film 'Skiptrace' at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard