Jackie Chan Retires from Action Movies

The martial arts legend will make an exception for Rush Hour 4... in five or ten years.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


It's the end of an era. Jackie Chan, the martial arts superstar who for all intents and purposes invented the "kung fu comedy" genre (although some credit certainly belongs to his contemporary and Project A co-star Sammo Hung), has announced his retirement from action filmmaking. It was bound to happen sooner or later. The 58-year old Chinese star of such classic films as Police Story, Dragon Lord and The Legend of the Drunken Master was famous for doing his own stunts, leading to famous on-set injuries like fracturing his skull on the ambitious epic Armour of God, and countless broken bones including his hips, ankle, ribs and even his neck since his screen debut in 1962.

Chan's announcement, made during a Cannes press conference for his latest action film, Chinese Zodiac, comes courtesy of Empire, who quoted the star as making certain exceptions. "“In the future I’ll still do Karate Kid 2, Rush Hour 4…” Those two franchises are, for Jackie Chan at least, fairly light on action, so it makes sense that he'd still be on board, especially considering the Rush Hour series is Chan's most lucrative western outing. That doesn't mean they're happening any time soon though. 

“No, no, no! I don’t want it to happen at this moment,” Chan added. “Probably another five or ten years. Then will be Rush Hour 4 – boom, we’re coming back! And at that time I might retire. Us being old guys might make it a more interesting story. But at this moment I don’t think it’s something I want to do.”

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