Jackie Chan aims at families with "Spy Next Door"

Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:28pm EST
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - There's an old saying in Hollywood: never work with kids or animals. Jackie Chan is okay with kids. Animals are another story.

"When a turtle bites you, it really hurts!" he told Reuters. "And the pig never listens. And the cat scratches."

Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan swaps all-out action for adventurous family fun in his new movie, "The Spy Next Door," following in the footsteps of other big-name Hollywood heroes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger ("Kindergarten Cop") and Vin Diesel ("The Pacifier").

In The Spy Next Door, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, 55-year-old Chan plays Bob Ho, a man who secretly works as a spy and whose single-mom girlfriend (Amber Valletta) thinks is a pen salesman.

Her three children can't stand him, but when he is charged to take care of them for a few days, they end up learning his secret and help Chan fight the bad guys.

While Russian terrorists are his nemesis, off set, the kids' pets gave Chan the most trouble in making "Spy Next Door." Like the cat who just wouldn't stop pawing at his arm.

"I said to the animal trainer, 'I'm fine,' and he said, 'Look at your arm, it's not fine' and all this blood is coming down," said Chan.

Despite pesky cats and biting turtles, Chan said he enjoyed the switch from martial arts films to family action and adventure, and he thinks that sort of diversity has been a key to his longevity and success in Hollywood, which reached it's height with the box office smash "Rush Hour" movies.   Continued...

 
<p>Actor Jackie Chan poses for a portrait during a press day for his upcoming movie "The Spy Next Door" at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles January 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>