While promoting the film Ocean Heaven <海洋天堂> in 2010, Jet Li (李連杰) confirmed that he had been suffering from hyperthyroidism and lost a great deal of weight. For a speedier recovery, Jet Li lessened his workload, opting to only shoot one film per year.
On December 24, Jet Li attended the press conference for Amazing Chinese <出彩中国人>, a reality talent show produced by CCTV, reports Popular Asians.
Looking much heavier than usual, Jet Li admitted that due to his hyperthyroidism, he suffers extreme changes in heart rate when he does extreme exercise.
He explained that sometimes his heart rate would jump up to 140 beats per minute and he did not want to take the risk of doing films that require a big amount of movements and stunts.
Jet Li, who will act as a judge on the show, said helplessly, “I am fat, and I can’t really do anything about it for now. This is a fact. I am not Huo Yuanjia, not Wong Fei Hung, not a hero. I am just like everyone else here – truly a normal person. I have no choice but to continue my work.”
Jet Li will be starring in The Expendables 3, an ensemble action film that also stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The third installment will also include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford. The film, directed by Patrick Hughes, will open in theaters in August 2014.