Jackie Chan is Quitting Action Movies After Chinese Zodiac

Jackie ChanYou won’t have Jackie Chan to kick around anymore, world. Well, in action movies, anyway.

While over at Cannes to sell his latest movie, “Chinese Zodiac”, a film that he says was 7 years in the making, Chinese action star Jackie Chan claims that after “Zodiac”, that’s it, he’s done with action movies. That doesn’t mean he’ll stop acting, just in movies that require him to punch someone or take a punch from someone. It’s something Chan has said repeatedly in the past — his desire to be just an actor, instead of an action movie star.

He tells the AP:

For the last ten years I’ve been choosing the director to direct me. This one I direct myself. I hope this movie, 20 years later, people still remember it. For me, for the audience, for my future, for my history — it’s very important.

When I look at Hollywood, at Robert De Niro, he can do anything — comedy, drama.

Clint Eastwood— 60-70 years old, he can still move. I said yes, that’s my goal. Because action stars’ life is so short. Actor’s life is very long. I want to show audiences I can act.

Jackie Chan is 58, and I gotta say, he sort of looks every year of it. All that falling, getting hit (accidentally and otherwise), broken bones, etc, have definitely taken their toll on the man. He’s like a boxer in that respect — you gotta know when to hang it up, and good for him for knowing that the “when” is now.

Of course, what happens when Hollywood comes calling with a big paycheck for “The Karate Kid 2″? I suspect they’ll need Mr. Han to do a little fighting in that one…

In any case, “Chinese Zodiac” has Chan playing a fortune hunter who travels the world trying to track down missing astrological antiques. Along the way, he fights lots and lots of people.

Here’s an early promo for the movie:

Via : AP