Hollywood is easy money, says Jackie Chan

19 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: AsiaOne, My PaperSINGAPORE - Hollywood films mean one thing to Hong Kong action legend Jackie Chan - they're "easy money," he said in an interview yesterday.In fact, the 58-year-old - here to promote his latest action film, CZ2012, which opens tomorrow - admitted that he doesn't like working on "American-style" movies.He added wryly: "But Americans like it, so I go (to Hollywood) and I just follow what they want me to say."Following that statement, he let loose with a rap, to illustrate what Hollywood dialogue consists of."Yeah, yes, ah, ho, what is it good for, absolutely nothing," he said candidly, repeating lyrics in the song War by Edwin Starr, featured in Rush Hour (1998), which Chan starred in, alongside American actor Chris Tucker.Chan is a highly-sought-after guy in the West. An icon of Hong Kong cinema, who has over 100 films under his belt and who has been in showbiz for some 50 years, he was invited to star in The Expendables 3.Sylvester Stallone, in fact, had extended that invitation.Chan, who came across as animated and amiable, said Stallone had offered him "a lot of money" for seven days' work in this year's The Expendables 2, but he had to turn it down as he'd been working on CZ2012.Now, he is considering joining the third instalment of that successful franchise. But, these days, Chan can call some of the shots.For the third film, he wants a bigger role than what was previously offered for Expendables 2 - one that sees him teaming up with someone in a "buddy-buddy role."Stallone has tentatively agreed, but has said that he will have to look closely at the script before confirming anything, according to Chan.Asked if he felt pressure to compete with Jet Li, who was in the first two Expendables films, Chan said: "No competition at all, the way we fight is completely different."There are some things he'd happily do - no questions asked - in Hollywood."If Spielberg asked me to do a movie, I'd agree immediately. James Cameron? I'd do it for free!" he said, a grin spreading across his face.Chan also dismissed rumours that Rush Hour 4 was in the pipeline.He is working on a film called Skip Tracer, he said, and he is searching for a new partner - someone not unlike Owen Wilson and Chris Tucker, his co-stars in the Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour series, respectively.But his eyes are on the East as well. CZ2012 is his latest "baby", a labour of love that took seven years to complete. Written and directed by Chan, it was made on a budget of 300 million yuan (S$58 million).He had said earlier that CZ2012 - which also stars two newbies, actresses Yao Xingtong and Zhang Lanxin, who were also here yesterday - would be his last action movie, citing reasons such as his age and injuries.Yesterday, he clarified that it would be his "last big-scale" action film."When I do such films, it is always very painful and terrible. But I can't bear to stop," he said. The martial artist does his own stunts and choreography, but admitted that "my heart still beats very quickly, worrying about whether I will get hit"."I'm not a superman, I'm just an ordinary man. I just have more guts than others."What Chan plans to do is scale down on the action movies and take on more serious roles."The best thing would be to do romantic films," he said cheekily.He commented on the furore he caused last week when he said that protests in Hong Kong should be restricted."My intention was meant to be good. I always want the best for Hong Kong, for Asia. Maybe the words I used were inappropriate or poorly expressed," he said.He had said that Hong Kong had become a city of protests where people "scold China, scold the leaders, scold anything, protest against anything."He added that there "should be regulations on what can and cannot be protested".Yesterday, he said: "Some people may take my words and exaggerate them... But I will listen and respect other people's opinions."As long as I can answer to my conscience... That's enough."

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