Jackie Chan has revealed that he is in talks for a “Rush Hour 4”.
The legendary martial arts star made the announcement at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he spoke about his upcoming projects and his 60-year film career in front of adoring crowds who regularly stopped the talk to yell questions, congratulate him on his honorary Oscar, and ask him to sing. (She was happy to oblige with a quick burst of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” explaining that she learned to sing so he could do something for her fans that didn’t involve fighting moves. )
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Chan has opened up about his humble beginnings, earning 80 cents a day as a stunt performer. It was in this capacity that he first met Bruce Lee, when the superstar punched him during an organized fight. Chan says Lee was shocked and Chan staged his injury to get sympathy. “As a stuntman you can get hit every day,” Chan said. “It does not matter. I pretend to be hurt, then he comes to help me. “He’s sorry,” he says. All day and all night, every time I turn around, I see Lee checking if I’m okay. I wanted him to hit me again. As a result, Chan got extra work.
When Lee died, Chan recalled how he was groomed to be his successor. “I said: I’m not Bruce Lee. So if Bruce high kicked; Low kick. Bruce fights like this. I do the opposite. That’s Jackie Chan. I just do myself. Going to Hollywood, they told him to slow down his fighting style. “Like Clint Eastwood – BOOM – Make me happy! It’s that easy.” Much of the conversation saw Chan standing and demonstrating his moves, fighting style, and bouncing with irrepressible vigor as he recited the story. Despite the fact that his early forays into Hollywood were unsuccessful, the applause of the audience affirmed that Chan is a world star.
What has become “the Jackie Chan style” is characterized by its combination of action and comedy. He said, “You can’t create more action because, what? Punching? Kicking? That sort of thing… boring. So that’s why I slowly use comedy with the action and all the props around me, and after I can’t use any more, then I do dangerous stunts. High jumps. Believe it or not, this year is my 60th year in the film industry.
Chan speaks with extraordinary enthusiasm and affability. He’s the king of the humble brag – he details how he dominated cinema in Hong Kong, then Japan and finally Hollywood with ‘Rush Hour’, which, pairing him with Chris Tucker, finally allowed him to use his fast-paced style . At first he thought the film was going to be a flop, but “I got a call. Brett Ratner and Chris Tucker are calling me from New York. They are crazy. We were $70 million in the first weekend. For me, I can’t count. But he adds to the applause: “We’re talking ‘Rush Hour 4’ right now.”
When it comes to the secret to his popularity and success, Chan insists it’s how he controls his films at every level. “There are so many good action stars. My action is better than other people, not because I’m really good at it, but because I write a script that fits myself. I can use the camera angle to enhance my action. At night, I go home and edit myself and use that sort of thing to enhance my action.
Chan has a number of new projects pending, to add to his 150 credits – 300, Chan is ready to correct the mod, if you include his stunt work. He implored his audience to go to theaters and not movies about pirates. He also spoke about playing a doctor in “Never Let the Rain Stop,” a new project to be filmed in Saudi Arabia, to enthusiastic applause from the local crowd. He lists a series of scripts he wants to do, one involving only Chan and a bird; another with Chan playing a grandfather caring for a panda. Who doesn’t want to see it?
Chan is still full of new ideas and ambitions. “In the old days we used to go out partying, but now my ambition is to become good Jackie Chan,” he said. He finished with a promise to make fewer action films and more romance films, before storming off to the sound of cheers and cheers.
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