Ageing Jackie Chan yearns for dramas

Ageing Jackie Chan yearns for dramas

BEVERLY HILLS - Jackie Chan was not in the mood for proclamations.

The Hong Kong martial arts film star, who declared last year at the Cannes film festival that he was retiring from action films, now says that after more than a decade of contemplating quitting, he is going to let his body decide.

"When I was 40-something, the media would ask me and then I said another five years, and then five years and five years until now," he said in an interview promoting his 2012 Chinese action film Chinese Zodiac, which was released in the United States last Friday.

"Six more months and I'm going to be 60," he said. "And I see how far I can go until my body tells me, 'Stop'."

Chan, famous for performing all of his high-flying and physically punishing stunts, has appeared in more than 100 films and now writes, produces and directs his own films in Asia.

"I get hurt," he said after 50 years of flips, kicks and punches. "It gets really tiring, not like it used to be."

The only real outward sign of ageing in him are some crow's feet around the eyes. He is obviously in great shape still, but will not reveal his secrets for staying that way.

But as he starts to enter his twilight years, he laments how Hollywood typecasting may force him to begin using a stunt double for his acrobatic scenes as he believes Hollywood studios would never cast him in dramatic roles.

"I hope the audience, after they say, 'Jackie, that's a double!' they forgive me," he said in his trademark broad-grinned and animated style.

"Then I can continue because poor me, nobody in Hollywood hires me to make a Kramer Vs Kramer or like Sound Of Music - actually I'm a pretty good singer - and nobody hires me to do this kind of film," he said, referring to the 1979 family drama and 1965 musical, both Oscar winners.

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