Jackie Chan Retiring from Big Action Movies, But Has One Last Trailer

May 19, 2012
Source: Telegraph

Jackie Chan

The end of an era? It can't be! For as long as I can remember, Jackie Chan has been an action star. One of my first R-rated action experiences was his old film Rumble in the Bronx, still one of my favorites. Chan recently appeared at the Cannes Film Festival to do some promotion for his new film, and apparently revealed he's retiring from action movies - or maybe just "big action movies", but we're not entirely sure. The first set of quotes comes from The Telegraph, who has Jackie Chan saying: "This 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."

Telegraph goes on to quote Jackie Chan further from his press event, talking about his work on the $37 million film Chinese Zodiac, saying: "For the last 10 years I have been making some other different movies. I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro. 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." One of his recent stronger films was Shinjuku Incident, which I caught in theaters, and he was very good in it. He adds, "I want the audience to know 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." Chinese Zodiac is Chan's 100th film, which means it's (unfortunately) the perfect time in his career to announce news this drastic.

But he's not retiring from action. And in fact, there's a new trailer for Chinese Zodiac (see it below) that includes some slightly different quotes from Chan. They have him saying: "I've been fighting and doing action films all my life, you've got to find a point to stop. With this movie I'm the director, I'm the writer, I'm the producer. So okay, I think it's a good time to announce that it's my last big action movie." Adding that, "I would still do action movies but not a big one like this." They don't have a source on their quotes, but it makes me wonder which of these are the real truth - will he still do smaller action films? I hope so.

Here is the first official trailer for Chinese Zodiac via YouTube, Jackie Chan's last "big action movie":

Chinese Zodiac, a big Chinese production currently filming, is being directed by Jackie Chan. The project was first announced years ago and is rumored to have a major fight scene that cost 70 million yuan, or more than $10M, to shoot. The plot involves a man searching the world for a set of mystic artifacts - 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. Sounds like fun, but if this is all true, it will indeed be Chan's last "big action" movie and the end of an era. Better hope this turns out awesome, then again there's another 99 films in his filmography that have already made him a legend. Chinese Zodiac looks good, but if this is true, I'm going to have to go on a Jackie Chan action classic binge when I return from this fest. Thoughts?

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100 films, and 100s of injuries, all so i can enjoy him performing flawless martial arts, great stunts and entertaining slapstick. for me, the martial arts Buster Keaton can take his career any way he wants. i'll always think of his Hong Kong films before his US ones. whatever he does next, we'll always have Drunken Master.

son_et_lumiere on May 19, 2012


I truly wish he did more films like Legend of Drunken Master, one my all time faves

Armeetapus16 on May 19, 2012


Jackie just posted this on his facebook  "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 :-)I love all of you! Jackie"

liam on May 19, 2012


He's a rare breed. A genuine star actor.

Max Renn on May 20, 2012


I think its very respectable of Jackie to want to go and show the world his true acting skills 😀 Im sure he'll be great in whatever dramatic role he's in. I applaud you Mr. Chan!

LosZombies on May 19, 2012


At 58 he could destroy chuck norris.

Xerxexx on May 19, 2012


He's given the world a lot, He's earned a But please no more karate smith!

Jimmy Love on May 19, 2012


I think he is just retiring from all the physical demanding big movies. I could of sworn he said something like that a decade ago...

BinaryChaos on May 19, 2012


The trailer looks awesome... even better if Chans himself directed it. 

Dreckent on May 19, 2012


I wish he did one more film with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao

Kit_lok on May 20, 2012


Meals on Wheels 2!!

Kaim on May 21, 2012


Rob -B-Hood was suppose to star the "3 Brothers" but Sammo said no. 🙁

Carl on May 24, 2012


Are you retarded?

Nielsen700 on May 20, 2012


  Isn't the movie '1911' was his 100th movie? Anyways, yeah its time for Jackie to retire completely if he wants to.. Jackie have punished his body and broken more bones than any other celebrities out there. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a second most broken bones while working on the set celebrities out there who only broke 2 to 3 bones compared to Jackie chan who broke hundreds while shooting stunts on the set. Not all celebrities gives life this much while working.  And not enough to that, even mentioned in his FB page that he will continue to improvise his English. Wow, in a world of glamors and show off artists, you displayed humbleness by admitting your English needs better tending. Jackie Chan's an international movie superstar that says he needs to continue improvising his English.. Take that.. Not many successful artist even the average ones admits weakness in the show business.. Great work Chan..

Stevenfreestyler on May 20, 2012


Jackie Chan is awesome. He just has such a sweet and likable persona and always seemed to genuinely enjoy his work. As much as I liked all his movies and found them greatly entertaining, my favorite part where always the credits with all the outtakes of stunts gone wrong. It gave you a glimpse at the hard work and determination he put into everything, and it was just awesome to see that he really did all his stunts himself and would keep shooting even with a broken foot (like in 'Rumble in the Bronx' I believe). How could anybody not love this guy?!?

SuicidalOptimist on May 20, 2012


Jackie looks better in a comedy movie I reckon 🙂 find out more at finesse entertainment.

Kathrine Bessler on May 21, 2012


Jackie Chan in Expendables 3!!! Sly, make it happen.

drnknjbbrsh on May 21, 2012


I think I just had a seizure...who edited that garbage. 

JKnaak on May 21, 2012


The reason why he is doing all this is because he has changed his management he was very good friends with Wille Chan (his old manager) then all of a sudden he fires him and now he has some woman as his manager and she is fucking his career right up.Last years movie 1911 Revolution was Jackie's worst movie of all time I bought it on DVD when it was released earlier this year in the UK and I had to turn it off after 20 mins and I told Solon So (a member of Jackie's management) this and even he said it was expected... He has since been sacked. And whats all this "the world is too violent right now" that is the most lamest excuse I've ever heard the world has always been violent it's never stopped him in the past why does he have to prove he is an actor I've always thought if you star in a movie then you are already an actor it don't matter if your an action actor or a comedy actor at the end of the day he is still an actor.

Carl on May 24, 2012


Jackie is the best.I have followed him in all of his films. Amazing! Drunken Master.Who Am I? are only 2 of my favorites but they are all great. The risks he has gone through to entertain the public are astounding. He always seems to outdo himself every time. Superb star and humanitarian.

Ed on May 25, 2012


Wat about rush hour 4

daniel on Jun 6, 2012


He's right.besides he has already broken too many bones just to make movies for us to watch

stanley kent on Oct 14, 2012


Jackie is my number one idol since i was a kid till now you are always number one idol in my heart, we love all your movies, from Iriga City, Philippines, Mahal Ka Namin, Michael F Llona

Michael Fortuna Llona on Oct 23, 2012


Michael Fortuna Llona • a few seconds ago − Jackie is my number one idol since i was a kid till now you are always number one idol in my heart, we love all your movies, from Iriga City, Philippines, Mahal Ka Namin. we wish u can shoot a movies here in philippines someday.

Michael Fortuna Llona on Oct 23, 2012

25 Source for him doing less risky and stunts and not retiring from the industry

yuweichua on Sep 2, 2013

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