Action superstar Jackie Chan has cited many times he would like to concentrate more on acting, rather than spending his entire career focusing solely in action movie. According to AP, the Hong Kong actor said that his upcoming action adventure CHINESE ZODIAC will be his last action movie.
Chan, who had recently launching the movie at the Cannes Film Festival with co-stars Kwone Sang Woo, Yao Xingtong and Liao Fan, said that people finds it hard to believe when he says he's going to retire.
They say 'no, you're still young, you can still do it', but I have to stop one day."
In CHINESE ZODIAC, due December 13, the 58-year-old plays a fortune hunter who travels around the world trying to locate the missing astrological antiques. He has spent seven years working on the movie, in which he writes, produces, directs and coordinating fight scenes.
For the last ten years I've been choosing the director to direct me. This one I direct myself." he said. "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
He also added that CHINESE ZODIAC, and many other action movies before it, have finally taken their toll on his body.
It hurts, it really hurts. The shoulder, the ankle, it really hurts. You don't know because I still look healthy.
After quitting action movies, he will flex more on his acting skills.
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.