Jackie Chan Announces His Retirement From Action MoviesGeorge Roush |
At the 2012 Cannes film festival a huge piece of news was announced: The king of action movies was finally going to step off the mountain he had been on top of for over thirty years. That's right, Jackie Chan is retiring from action movies.
When I was a little kid my father would take me to this little Chinese theater in San Jose, right across from a bigger theater showing domestic movies. It was here where I first saw Jackie Chan in 'Battle Creek Brawl.' None of it was in English and there were no subtitles but we didn't care. We were too entertained by this man who was jumping, flipping and kicking his way all over the movie screen. He was someone I had never seen before in an action movie and the stunts and fight scenes he has done over the years will never be matched by any Thai, Hong Kong or American action star.
Chan has announced before that he was going to retire but at 58 years-old, the human body can only take so much, and Chan announced that he was finally going to stop doing action movies.
“This is my last action film. I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma - I like action but I don’t like violence.”