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Jackie Chan Says He Will Start To Slow Down on His Stunts

Aug 16 2014, 10:01pm CDT | by , in News

Jackie Chan Says He Will Start To Slow Down on His Stunts
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The action star will eventually allow stunt men to do scenes, along with being approached for a role in "Expendables 4."

Action movie star Jackie Chan stated at the Cannes Film festival a few years ago that he would be taking a break from big action movies, leading some critics to believe he might be retiring from the business.

Chan, reiterated what he meant in his statement by clarifying the thought of retirement hadn't crossed his mind.

"Probably my English is not very clear, I said, that's my last big action movie. I should have said, that's my last BIG action movie," recalls the star.

"I just said it very natural and normal, that's my last big action movie. The second day, everybody say, 'last big action movie,' no actually last BIG action movie. Three days ago I just finished an action movie with John Cusack and Adrien Brody and I was fighting in the whole movie, but of course it was a different kind of fighting. It's more like a sword fight, Roman with a Chinese general, this kind of fighting. Next time I will say my last physical action movie. Then for the future I can still do it like Stallone, doing punching or kicking with machine gun, grenades because my kind of action is more of somersaults, jumping around buildings, that's not this kind of age you can do it my age, they're getting higher," he says.

Now, at age 60, Chan admits that doing stunt work is "not like it used to be" as he can no longer bounce back from doing stunts on action scenes.

"Now my body tells me to slow down 30 percent and probably in another two years, 20 more, then 50 percent. So slowly, slowly, then I will tell the whole world, stop doing action."

Chan is going around promoting his last "BIG" action film "Chinese Zodiac," which was originally released in 2012 in China. He gives a display in the trailer where he fights in air while skydiving, along with using his famous hand-to-hand combat techniques fans have come to know him for in his films.

"That's not special effects, that's not Iron Man, not Spider-Man, that's the real Jackie Chan," he says.

Chan also stated he did his own stunts for his upcoming feature film with John Cusack and Adrien Brody.  Chan was shown in a sword fight in the clip for "Dragon Blade."

"Slowly, slowly I will let more people do it for me. Myself, I'll only do the tight shot, close shot, otherwise the big wide shot, I'll let someone else do it."

Chan has also been repeatedly asked to do the Expendables movies with Sylvester Stallone, and originally passed on doing a minor role in the other films, but after talking to Sly about a larger role he stated it could be a real possibility he will do "Expendables 4."

 

"Sly wants me for 'Expendables 4,'" he told Den of Geek earlier this week. "I said, 'okay.' Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, I didn't refuse, but I said, 'Sly, can't we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes."

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