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Jackie Chan
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Chan at the launch of Bleeding Steel Press Conference, Sydney Opera House, July 2016
Background information
Birth name Chan Kong-sang
陳港生 (Traditional)
陈港生 (Simplified)
Chén Gǎngshēng (Mandarin)
Can4 Gong2 Sang1 (Cantonese)
Origin British Hong Kong
Born (1954-04-07) 7 April 1954 (age 62)
Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong
Other name(s) 房仕龍 (Fong Si-lung)
元樓 (Yuen Lou)
大哥 (Big Brother)
Occupation Martial artist, actor, director, producer, screenwriter, action choreographer, singer, stunt director, stunt performer
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop, Hong Kong English pop, J-pop
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Joan Lin (m. 1982)
Children Jaycee Chan (born 1982), Etta Ng (born 1999)
Parents Charles and Lee-Lee Chan
Ancestry Wuhu, Anhui, China

In every movie I do have a dialogue.
I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want.
Jackie Chan
One day, I want to make a PG film.
I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.
Jackie Chan
My wish is to bring my heroes to the big screen, and many of them have already appeared in my films.
Jackie Chan
Speaking English is like tongue-twist for me. I can speak each word perfect, but then you have to string them together like, 'Blah, blah, blah.' That's when I get crazy.
Jackie Chan
Of course I get hurt.
Actor's life is very long.
I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.
Jackie Chan
You cannot mix sports with politics.
Being a stunt coordinator, I have to take care not only of myself but I have to make sure everyone is safe.
Jackie Chan
The ads all call me fearless, but that's just publicity. Anyone who thinks I'm not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am.
Jackie Chan
I loved cowboy movies when I was a kid. When I was five years old, I was already wearing a cowboy hat and suit. When I grew up, I knew John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and so on.
Jackie Chan
Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan.
Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.
I sometimes just don't like to see the Ultimate Fighting. I just find it, as a martial artist, I just find it too violent.
Jackie Chan
I'm tired of fighting. I've always known that I can't be an action star all my life.
Jackie Chan
I've got a very interesting background.
Money for me today does not really matter.
Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society.
Jackie Chan
My affection for Taiwan… is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese.
Jackie Chan
Sometimes, I'm very embarrassed.
I'm crazy, but I'm not stupid.
In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me 'Jackie Who?'.
Jackie Chan
Sometimes I'd like to play the bad guy and sometimes I'd like to die in a movie.
Jackie Chan
It is totally different making films in the East than in the West. In the East, I make my own Jackie Chan films, and it's like my family. Sometimes I pick up the camera because I choreograph all the fighting scenes, even when I'm not fighting. I don't have my own chair. I just sit on the set with everybody.
Jackie Chan
When you are learning about a martial art, it is about respect.
When I was a child, I was very poor and wanted everything. So when I got money, I began buying things.
Jackie Chan
Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.
Jackie Chan
When I'm in meetings until 5am and then have to get up two hours later for filming, sometimes I ask myself 'why?'
Jackie Chan
I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. I'm really confused now.
Jackie Chan
I don't want to be an action star; action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer. I want my career to get longer.
Jackie Chan
Every country when they have Olympics, a lot of people come out opposed.
After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and – Boom! – people go.
Jackie Chan
A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman.
Jackie Chan
I want to play a fireman and a spy. I want to learn special effects.
I just make good movies. That's the way I thank my fans.
I hate violence, yes I do. It's kind of a dilemma, huh?.
Now I am older, I understand we have to accept who we are.
Jackie Chan is a myth.
I only want my work to make people happy.
I've choreographed all of my movies.
American stuntmen are smart – they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance… But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt.
Jackie Chan
I'm afraid to fail again.
Every time I make American film I just trust American directors and American writers.
Jackie Chan
Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.
Jackie Chan
I feel that there are a few things in the world without cultural barriers.
I feel like I have lived all over the world since I get to go everywhere to film.
Jackie Chan
I like to give back.
I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way.
Jackie Chan
If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be.
When I give somebody something and see their face, it just makes me so happy.
Jackie Chan
I don't want to be an action star, an action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer.
Jackie Chan
The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro, like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act.
Jackie Chan
I make American films for American audiences and Asian films for Asian audiences.
Jackie Chan
I play a nobody in Japan.
Coffee is a language in itself.
I like to change characters and then, slowly I believe the audience treat me as, like an actor who can fight. It's not like an action star.
Jackie Chan
I want to show audiences I can act.
We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You're always helping people.
Jackie Chan
I went by myself to Hollywood, I spoke no English, every day I had to go to school.
Jackie Chan
When I make a film – I direct my own film, I write my own script – that's what I want to hear from the audience. 'Oh, thank you, Jackie!'
Jackie Chan
When I was young I didn't care about education, just money and box office.
Jackie Chan
As a father, I always want my son to be perfect. When he was young, I tried to train him in martial arts, but he said, 'I don't want to become like Bruce Lee's son, with everybody telling me how good my father was.' I just think my son is too lazy.
Jackie Chan
Sometimes I do need to go to karaoke, sometimes I need to relax.
When I got depressed, I watched Bruce Lee movies. I learned everything from Bruce Lee.
Jackie Chan
Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping, I was still training.
Jackie Chan
If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic.
Jackie Chan
My dream is to continue filming until my body tells me to stop.
I do small things. I try to do good things every day.
I'm crazy, but I'm not too crazy.
I love wushu a lot and I would love to see it included in future Olympic Games.
Jackie Chan
I think the family movie is very important to everybody right now.
I know I have to run 20 more minutes if I eat ice cream. Basically, I eat everything, but I just do more training.
Jackie Chan
Olympics for me is love, peace, united.
I know I have a responsibility to the fans.
I have a metal plate in my head, and can pop my shoulder and pop it back.
I want to be in 'Avatar'. I want somebody to hire me to be Superman, a Chinese Superman or Spider-Man.
Jackie Chan
I'm not a god - I do bad things.
I will make action movies, I think, for a few more years, another five years.
Jackie Chan

Coffee is a language in itself.
In America there's no way I can make the kind of movie I like to make.
I really like children to watch my movies.
Since the child knew his parents would give in, he tried the same trick again and again.
Jackie Chan
If there really is a god, then he really looks after me.
Before I do a stunt, I have to make sure it is safe.
Chinese people need to be controlled; otherwise, they will do whatever they want.
Jackie Chan
I want to try something different in Hollywood, to tell the audience I am not just an actor star – I am an actor, too.
Jackie Chan
I now have two different audiences. There's the one that has been watching my action films for 20 years, and the American family audience. American jokes, less fighting.
Jackie Chan
In the real world, children love me.
I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro.
When I'm making an American film, it's more safe because there are so many people on the set to watch me. Whatever I do, they say, 'What are you doing!? Tell me first!' There are so many restrictions.
Jackie Chan
My schedule goes: wake up, running, exercise, downstairs, running shoes off, then to the shower. That's the Jackie Chan diary.
Jackie Chan
The kids never listen to you, especially the youngest ones.
I've seen too many ups and downs in the movie industry.
The world is too violent right now.
I give the children education.
Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don't like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn't work. Some movie I don't like, it gets big box office. Very difficult.
Jackie Chan
More understand China, then more people will have interest in China and more people will come to China to visit us because I am a tourist ambassador.
Jackie Chan
I hate interviews - but you have to do them.
Most of the time, I'm not even working; I'm just helping people, because I feel that I am too lucky.
Jackie Chan
The movie business is a big gamble.
For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing – stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses – makes more money for me than making movies.
Jackie Chan
I love to clean.