SBS MBE Datuk
Chan at the launch of Bleeding Steel Press Conference, Sydney Opera House, July 2016
|Birth name||Chan Kong-sang
ChÃ©n GÇŽngshÄ“ng (Mandarin)
Can4 Gong2 Sang1 (Cantonese)
|Origin||British Hong Kong|
7 April 1954 |
Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong
|Other name(s)||æˆ¿ä»•é¾ (Fong Si-lung)
å…ƒæ¨“ (Yuen Lou)
å¤§å“¥ (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|
|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|
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.
I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.
My wish is to bring my heroes to the big screen, and many of them have already appeared in my films.
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.
I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.
Being a stunt coordinator, I have to take care not only of myself but I have to make sure everyone is safe.
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.
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.
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.
I'm tired of fighting. I've always known that I can't be an action star all my life.
Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society.
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.
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?'.
Sometimes I'd like to play the bad guy and sometimes I'd like to die in a movie.
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.
When I was a child, I was very poor and wanted everything. So when I got money, I began buying things.
Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.
When I'm in meetings until 5am and then have to get up two hours later for filming, sometimes I ask myself 'why?'
I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. I'm really confused now.
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.
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.
A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman.
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.
Every time I make American film I just trust American directors and American writers.
Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.
I feel like I have lived all over the world since I get to go everywhere to film.
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.
When I give somebody something and see their face, it just makes me so happy.
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.
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.
I make American films for American audiences and Asian films for Asian audiences.
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.
We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You're always helping people.
I went by myself to Hollywood, I spoke no English, every day I had to go to school.
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!'
When I was young I didn't care about education, just money and box office.
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.
When I got depressed, I watched Bruce Lee movies. I learned everything from Bruce Lee.
Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping, I was still training.
If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic.
I love wushu a lot and I would love to see it included in future Olympic Games.
I know I have to run 20 more minutes if I eat ice cream. Basically, I eat everything, but I just do more training.
I want to be in 'Avatar'. I want somebody to hire me to be Superman, a Chinese Superman or Spider-Man.
I will make action movies, I think, for a few more years, another five years.
Since the child knew his parents would give in, he tried the same trick again and again.
Chinese people need to be controlled; otherwise, they will do whatever they want.
I want to try something different in Hollywood, to tell the audience I am not just an actor star – I am an actor, too.
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.
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.
My schedule goes: wake up, running, exercise, downstairs, running shoes off, then to the shower. That's the Jackie Chan diary.
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.
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.
Most of the time, I'm not even working; I'm just helping people, because I feel that I am too lucky.
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.