Action superstar Jackie Chan has opened up about why he is rarely seen in Hollywood films over the past couple of years.
Prolific actor: Following a stellar career in Hong Kong, Chan became a prominent actor worldwide, eventually starring in many American action movies since the ’80s, ScreenRant reported.
- In the U.S., some of the actor’s most recognizable roles include Chang Ka Kui in “Police Story” and Lee in “Rush Hour.”
- Chan, who does most of his own stunts, has become known for his on-set injuries and dedication.
- Aside from his impressive fighting skills, his innate charisma and humor have turned him into a beloved action hero.
- In the past decade, audiences saw him trying out a variety of dramatic roles.
Beyond being an action star: In an interview with Filmelier, Chan explained why he has been appearing in less American-made movies in recent years.
- Chan says he has been reviewing scripts but none of them included the role that he wants to play.
- “All these years after the ‘Karate Kid’, I received so many scripts, but the role is [always] a Hong Kong policeman, Chan was quoted as saying. “That’s why it took me seven years to accept a role in another Hollywood film, with ‘The Foreigner.’ I want to make sure that the audience can see these different sides of Jackie Chan. I would like the public to consider me an actor who does action, not just an action star.”
- “Being innovative is the most difficult,” he said about the typecasting scripts. “The public will be bored. I look forward to more dramatic roles.”
- He noted, however, that this does not mean he is abandoning action roles for good as he still wants to do action-comedy.
- Chan has previously confirmed being attached to some sequels for his films, including “Rush Hour 4” and “Shanghai Dawn.”