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Jackie Chan retires from action films May 18, 2012

Filed under: Movie — lucillious @ 6:30 pm

Foremost Chinese actor, Jackie Chan has announced his retirement from action roles in movies to play normal roles, citing old age and increasing violence in the world.

The 58-year-old admitted he was ‘too old’ for his famed stunts and increasing violence in the world had put him off.

The actor who made his name as a martial arts hero with a comic edge in about 100 movies, made the announcement on Friday at the on-going Cannes Film Festival.

Asked why he had decided to stop making action films he said the physical strain had become too much, explaining that he felt “really, really tired” and that “the world is too violent right now.”

Speaking at the launch of his new production Chinese Zodiac at the Cannes Film Festival, Chan said it would be his final performance as an action hero.

According to the Chinese action hero “the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I love fighting. I like action but I don’t like violence.”

He has previously hinted that he would step back from action films, but he confirmed at the movie festival that his decision is now final.

Noting that he will still be acting for many years to come, the screen legend said he wanted to take on more serious roles and emulate the success of American actors such as Robert De Niro.

“I want the audience to know I am not just about fighting. I can also act.”

“I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image” he said.

Jackie Chan has been a darling of Hollywood because of his comic approach to martial arts, which always make huge success at the box office.

Chan had hits with the Police story, Rush Hour franchise, Rumble In The Bronx, and Shanghai Noon.

More recently, he voiced Master Monkey in Kung Fu Panda and played a Mr Miyagi- type mentor in the remake of The Karate Kid in 2010.

His latest movie is the third in his Armour of God series, which sees his character search for the ‘lost’ 12 bronze heads of the Chinese Zodiac.

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