Action movie star Jackie Chan is due to receive an honorary Oscar, the Academy said Thursday, to recognise a glittering career that has seen him become a cultural icon.
The 62-year-old martial artist, known for his comic timing and acrobatic fighting style, has appeared in more than 150 movies since becoming a child actor in his native Hong Kong in the 1960s.
Chan’s Hollywood breakthrough came with Rumble in the Bronx in 1996, and he has gone on to be become a global star through the Rush Hour movies, Shanghai Noon, The Karate Kid and the Kung Fu Panda series of animated films.
“The honorary award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman -- true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
Even at 62, Jackie Chan is showing no signs of slowing down. He is legendary as a martial artist, but his comedic talents are usually overlooked.
But Tony Zhou, an editor and video essayist, has made a great video on Jackie Chan’s unmatched ability at physical humour, comparing him to Buster Keaton.
For everyone’s convenience, we’ve compiled a collection of GIFs from the video
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