16 Things You Didn't Know About Jackie Chan
closing in on 60 years is hardly a victory for most people, it
certainly is for Jackie, a man who drives his body harder than an Avis
rental car with $3 insurance. He’s appeared in over 150 films since the
1960s, choreographed and performed his own stunts, stormed Hollywood,
and taken more damage points than any other actor in history. To
celebrate one of the greatest action heroes of all time, here’s 16
things you probably didn’t know about Jackie Chan.
Yes, he has another
set of pipes. Unlike other actor/singers, Jackie studied at an opera
academy when he was little and learned singing alongside his kung fu
lessons. He has released 11 studio albums, nine compilation albums,
received Japan’s Best Foreign Singer Award, and sang a song at the 2008
Beijing Olympics closing ceremony.
It was called All in the Family,
and also starred Hong Kong martial artist Sammo Hung. "I had to do
anything I could to make a living 31 years ago, but I don't think it's a
big deal, even Marlon Brando used to be exposed in his movies," he told
the Information Times in 2006. No judgement here. 3. It took him 34 years to do his next sex scene.
He’s the Terrence Malick of doing nude scenes.
Just like Chuck Norris.
Billed as Chan Yuen Lung, Jackie and a few of his China Drama Academy
classmates (including Sammo Hung) known as the “Seven Little Fortunes”
frequently used their acrobatic and acting chops as extras for movie
According to his sifu (master), Yu Jim-Yuen, Jackie was “not one of the best, but the naughtiest, yes.” In 1988, the moviePainted Faces came out, detailing the story of the Seven Little Fortunes and their strict master.
Willie Chan (no relation?), a Hong Kong producer, liked Chan’s stunt
work and recruited him as an actor. Trying to model him after Bruce Lee,
he briefly took that stage name, until everyone realized he was nothing
like Bruce Lee.
His former teacher sure saw that coming. After failing to force the
super serious Bruce Lee-persona, he had a breakthrough with the comedic Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, a film he made when he was allowed complete control of his stunts.
In 1983 he broke contract during the filming of Fearless Hyena Part II
and director Lo Wei used extraordinary means to try to keep him in
line. However, the matter was resolved peacefully. The movie was
terrible — they finished filming with doubles — and Jackie tried
unsuccessfully to block its release.
And they have cost him. While he was shooting The Accidental Spy,
his tailbone was hit so hard that it caused temporary partial
paralysis. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.(Note: Jackie sings
the song in the video above.) 11. Not surprisingly, that makes it extremely difficult for him to get insured in the U.S.
This map explains why.
“I fell past the tree and hit the rocky ground head first. A piece of
my skull cracked and shot up into my brain, and blood poured from my
ears. The production team quickly got on the phones to try to find the
nearest hospital that could do emergency brain surgery, and eight hours
later, I was going under the knife. The operation was successful, and I
recovered quickly — even though there's a permanent hole in my head now,
with a plastic plug there to keep my brains in.”
While filming Dragon Lord, ittook him over 2,900 takes to get a shot for a scene involvingJianzi, a game ofshuttlecock soccer. But he got it in the end. (Skip ahead to 3:03 to see part of the scene.)
Jackie doesn’t understand American humor and doesn’t appreciate the
action scenes. He also once said he has no idea whether a movie will do
well in America because he doesn’t understand the American audience at
He says they’re an implicit “do not try this at home message to kids.”
Needles and public speaking. Imagine that