Iconic martial arts acting professional says he sometimes would like he could use his skills to help those hurt
Jackie Chan desires he could have used his iconic, on-screen fighting techinques skills to help those injure at Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
“A lot of young kids say ‘Jackie, you’re a superhero. You’re a hero.’ I really want to be any superhero [so] I could fly about the world, save the people, beat up the bad people, put them in the jail. But sometimes I watch this, I’m just inadequate. Only thing I can do is pray, pray on their behalf,” Chan said within an interview on Thursday.
The rampage by Stephen Paddock wiped out at least 59 people and hurt 527 others at the Course 91 Harvest Happening.
Chan will get the opportunity to fight terrorists in his new action-thriller The Foreigner, beginning in the UAE on Oct 5. The professional takes a remarkable convert as a grief-stricken daddy hunting a rogue IRA cell accountable for an explosion that wiped out his daughter.
“I hope through the movie [to] inform the people stop this kind of violent things,” Chan said. “It’s a good message to see, stop these types of terror things, stop the bombing, stop harming innocent people.”
Other films cancelled and scaled back advertising in the wake of the strike in NEVADA — something Chan thought long and hard about.
“Yes, it is challenging,” he said of continuing the film’s promotional travel, which includes Thursday’s Los Angeles premiere. “Asked what must i do? Should we change? Should we cancel? And you know I’m really a foreigner internationally. I don’t know very well what to do. You know, what should I say? Anything I can [do to] help?”
At 63, the Hong Kong star is wishing to prove they can do more than martial arts.
“I want to be a true acting professional. I don’t want viewers to keep pondering I’m an action legend. One day I’m getting old, I cannot battle anymore. I wish to be considered a Robert De Niro. I wish to be considered a Clint Eastwood,” he explained. “They can be true actors, but they can fight.”
Chan says a romantic lead in a musical will be a dream gig.
“I’d want to do it! I want to be something special. I wish to maintain a musical action humor movie. You understand fighting with singing, dance,” Chan said. “Naturally if the director retain the services of me to do some type of La La Land and Audio of Music, I’d like to do it. I must say i do try everything, anything.