Exit the dragon, eneter the rubber man. Taking over the mantle of Bruce Lee, he has kick-boxed his way through 96 movies and is still chopping-‘n'-bopping the meanies. The attempts of the Hong Kong action man to make it big time in Hollywood met with mixed results, a situation he hopes to remedy with Rush Hour 3.
Spry at the age of 53, he's believed to be the highestpaid star in Asia and would love to dance around the conifers at apna tinsel studios.. Jackie Chan in a biff-pow-bang conversation with Rachana Dubey
Aren't you upset that the Chinese government may ban Rush Hour 3?
I am aware of this news. The Chinese government has not welcomed our movie. Actually the Chinese government screens have restricted the number of foreign media content.. only 20 foreign films are allowed in a year.
Chinese officials believe Rush Hour 3 is fundamentally anti-Chinese. It's not clear if that's because there are scenes involving Chinese gangsters or whether it's something else.
The first Rush Hour worked, the second was not so hot.. what happened?
The first one introduced the two characters James and Lee. The immediate sequel was action-oriented.. now the third part has action blended with comedy.
I continue to play the role of Chief Inspector Lee, my good friend Chris Tucker's still detective James Charter. This time, the two of us travel to Paris to battle a wing of the Chinese organised crime family.
Do you ever feel insecure about Chris Tucker stealing better scenes and dialogue?
Nope, never. The first time we got together, our chemistry was quite evident. I didn't speak much English and Chris didn't know Chinese at all.
You still haven't told me why
Rush Hour 2didn't work.
Well, I agree that
Rush Hour 2
didn't do well.. maybe we just disappointed our fans. Now, we're returning after a gap of six years, I'm sure my fans all over the world will give me one more chance.. in India too.
The Mythpromoted as if it belonged to Mallika Sherawat?
But it wasn't.
Ah yes, who's denying that the film didn't belong to her? It was her debut in Hollywood, I'd already made my debut long ago. So, I didn't need the attention. She did and she got it too.
You once said you wanted to do a Bollywood movie.. any offers yet?
(Laughs) Nah.. I guess nobody's willing to take me seriously in Bollywood. But I would like to tell them, I can act, fight and also dance. I'll come as soon as someone makes me an offer I can't refuse.. I hope it's soon because I'm longing to visit the Taj Mahal.
How do you perform daredevil stunts?
My motivation comes from within. I don't need a body double. I will be into stunts till my age and health permit. Lately, I climbed the Eiffel Tower in Paris without a safety net or a cable wire. See, I don't use body doubles, please tell that to Bollywood's producers loud and clear.
Okay.. how do you keep yourself fit?
I practise martial arts regularly.
Which has been your most harrowing film experience?
All my accidents on the sets of different films.. the scars are still there.
Tell me about your family and kids.
Well, I'm happily married to Lam Lin Feng Chiao. She used to be an actress in Taiwan. My son, Chen Zu Ming, was born in 1983. My parents Charles and Lee Lee Chan live in Australia.
Jackie Chan isn't your original name.. right?
Yup. My real name is Chan Kong Sang in Cantonese or Chen Gang Sheng in Mandarin, meaning "born in Hong Kong".
Ever thought of directing a movie?
In most of my films, I'm credited as the stunt director quite often.
Why have your biographies only been released largely in Hong Kong?
I wanted them to be released worldwide, maybe that'll happen some day .
Okay, what next?
Rush Hour 4.