Happy 62nd Birthday Jackie Chan!
“My dream is to continue filming until my body tells me to stop.”
On April 7, 1954, martial artist, actor, stuntman, singer, and philanthropist Jackie Chan was born in British Hong Kong. With over a hundred film credits and fifty years’ experience, Jackie Chan is a globally recognized film phenomenon. In honor of Jackie’s birthday, DMG Entertainment has conjured up a list of fun facts about the legendary martial arts star. So get ready to laugh while he kicks someone’s ass.
Why badass runs in Jackie’s blood
His father, Charles Chan, was a spy who arrested the beautiful stage performer and opium dealer Lee-Lee while working undercover. While most would consider an undercover sting a deal breaker, Charles later married Lee-Lee and gave birth to Chan Kong-Sang, a.k.a Jackie Chan.
How Jackie broke onto the scene
Jackie started his film career as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films, FIST OF FURY (1972) and ENTER THE DRAGON (1973). After Lee’s untimely death, promoter Willie Chan wanted to make Jackie the next Bruce Lee. Despite the tempting offer, Jackie decided to create something new: comedic Kung Fu movies. Jackie not only created his own film persona, but also a brand new film genre with classics like SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW (1978) and DRUNKEN MASTER (1978).
Why Jackie loves physical comedy
He is a big fan of Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin. All three of these famous silent film era filmmakers utilized physical comedy to win over audiences.
How Jackie Chan made it into the Guinness Book of World Records
Jackie currently holds three Guinness Records: 1. Most stunts performed by any living stuntman. 2. Most film credits held in a single movie. In CHINESE ZODIAC (2012), Jackie Chan was the director, main actor, writer, executive producer, producer, art director, cinematographer, unit production manager, prop man, stunt coordinator, gaffer, stuntman, composer, vocalist and catering coordinator. 3. Highest number of takes in a single scene. In DRAGON LORD (1982), Jackie took 2,900 takes for a singe 10 minute scene. In Jackie’s defense, the scene was very complex and required perfection from over a dozen stuntmen.
Why Jackie Chan has the ultimate stuntmen
After a few particularly bad injuries early in his career (one involving a sharpened sword), Jackie learned the value of reliable stuntmen. Jackie gathered a team of trusted stuntmen and established the “Sing Kar Pan”, Jackie’s personal stuntmen association. The team not only creates heavily choreographed action scenes but also uses a system of grunts to communicate while filming fight scenes. Although no studio will insure the “Sing Kar Pan”, Jackie personally pays for himself and his association.
Why Jackie Chan isn’t fearless
Believe it or not, Jackie has two big fears: Public speaking and needles. In the words of Jackie, “Of course I’m scared. I’m not Superman.”
Why Jackie Chan’s skill is undeniable
In a martial arts demonstration, Jackie broke twelve concrete blocks while holding an egg in his hand. After finishing his Jackie smash, he revealed the still intact egg.
Why no one gets a free ride from Jackie Chan
Although Jackie has accumulated over $130 million, he plans on giving his son, Jaycee Chan, none of it. How does Jackie explain his decision? “If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.”
Why Jackie Chan can even hit the high notes While a young Jackie attended boarding school, he was rigorously trained in singing. Although he is best known for his acting and stunt work, Jackie has 20 albums featuring his songs. Not only has Jackie sang the closing credit song for each of his Chinese films, he also sang the Chinese dubbed version of MULAN’s (1998) “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”
How Jackie Chan can make audiences laugh around the world.
Jackie can speak eight languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, English, German, Korean, Japanese, Thai and American Sign-Language.
How is Jackie Chan still standing…seriously, how?
Perfection comes at a price. Throughout his career, Jackie has broken his nose, dislocated his pelvis, injured his knee, broken both cheekbones, dislocated his sternum, crushed both thighs, dislocated his shoulder, fractured his skull, broken his ankle, injured his neck and broken nearly all of his fingers. It hurts just to read this…here’s hoping you make 63.
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