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I’m not a god – I do bad things.
– Jackie Chan
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.
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.
Before I do a stunt, I have to make sure it is safe.
The movie business is a big gamble.
We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You’re always helping people.
I feel that there are a few things in the world without cultural barriers.
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.
I’ve seen too many ups and downs in the movie industry.
I know I have a responsibility to the fans.
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 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.
Olympics for me is love, peace, united.
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 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.
I’m tired of fighting. I’ve always known that I can’t be an action star all my life.
In the real world, children love me.
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.