On the mainland Chinese talk show Super Interview <超级访问>, Jackie Chan’s (成龍) son, Jaycee Chan (房 祖名), revealed that his father has a “serious condition” of obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and mysophobia.
“He has a serious condition of OCD and ADHD,” exclaimed Jaycee to hosts Li Jing (李静) and Dai Jun (戴 军). “He likes to use hand gestures a lot.” Asked if Jackie’s extreme personality has passed onto Jaycee himself, the 30-year-old star said, “Yes, a little bit, but I can control it better depending on the situation.”
According to a report on Jayne Stars, Jaycee further revealed that Jackie Chan’s obsession with cleanliness is even more serious than his OCD and ADHD. Jaycee recalled seeing his father scrubbing the toilet at his friend’s house when they visited for dinner.
“Halfway into our meal I realized my father was missing. I went to look for him and I found him in the bathroom [scrubbing the toilet]. I can’t stand this obsession of his. It’s good to be clean, but it’s seriously affecting others and I."
The Mulan: Rise of a Warrior <花木蘭> actor helplessly said that he inherited a little bit of his father’s OCD and ADHD, but claimed that it was “nothing too serious.” Jaycee also insisted that he does not have mysophobia like his father. “At least I don’t think I do,” he said.
What kind of minor obsessions and compulsions did Jaycee have?
“My computer files have to be really organized. Actually, anything involving my computer has to be perfect, including the interface. Every file is separated into different specialized folders. Everything is very clear-cut. When I see someone with a messy desktop, I really want to detonate a bomb and explode. I feel awful when I don’t see an organized computer.”
Jaycee’s wardrobe, however, would not be as organized as his electronics. “When I need to find something, it’ll take forever. My father doesn’t really know about this yet, because my room is locked to my fingerprints.”
Jaycee also asserted that his father’s OCD indirectly pushed his mother, retired actress Joan Lin (林鳳嬌), to make a brief comeback performance in the superstar’s latest film, CZ12 <十二生肖>.
“For an entire year he begged her to make a cameo appearance in the film. My mother was basically forced to do it. It’s true. She felt a little embarrassed because she thought she was too old for something like that, but she wanted to help her husband.”
Jaycee then added, “After so many years she still has to suffer and do things for him. She helped him look after his money and helped him take care of his kid. Even to the very last camera shot, he had to use Joan Lin.” Jaycee admires his mother, saying that she had sacrificed the most for her family.
Jaycee explained that his mother was the true main support behind Jackie Chan’s current business empire.
“My mother spends every basic day in her life counting numbers for my father. She would have to look through all of my father’s contracts before it could be approved. It’s tiring. They say the producer for CZ12 was Jackie Chan, but it’s actually Joan Lin.
"My mother didn’t want her name on it, but honestly, in every single aspect of the production – including lighting, camera, crew – my mother was involved. The producer was my mother. She was the one signing many of the contracts.
"I can say that many of the big figures in the industry don’t like my mother because she’s very strict. Every single contract has to go through her first. My mother is so stressed about us that she is growing white hair.”