I do small things. I try to do good things every day.
Coffee is a language in itself.
Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan.
Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.
I’m crazy, but I’m not stupid.
If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic.
I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro.
In the real world, children love me.
Don’t try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.
I like to change characters and then, slowly I believe the audience treat me as, like an actor who can fight. It’s not like an action star.
The kids never listen to you, especially the youngest ones.
I loved cowboy movies when I was a kid. When I was five years old, I was already wearing a cowboy hat and suit. When I grew up, I knew John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and so on.
Sometimes I do need to go to karaoke, sometimes I need to relax.
A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, ‘Jackie, are you scared?’ Of course I’m scared. I’m not Superman.
Before I do a stunt, I have to make sure it is safe.
If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be.
It is totally different making films in the East than in the West. In the East, I make my own Jackie Chan films, and it’s like my family. Sometimes I pick up the camera because I choreograph all the fighting scenes, even when I’m not fighting. I don’t have my own chair. I just sit on the set with everybody.
I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.
American stuntmen are smart – they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance… But in Hong Kong, we don’t know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you’ve got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt.
Most of the time, I’m not even working; I’m just helping people, because I feel that I am too lucky.
For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing – stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses – makes more money for me than making movies.
Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping, I was still training.
My affection for Taiwan… is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese.
Jackie Chan is a myth.
Speaking English is like tongue-twist for me. I can speak each word perfect, but then you have to string them together like, ‘Blah, blah, blah.’ That’s when I get crazy.
I’ve got a very interesting background.
I want to be in ‘Avatar’. I want somebody to hire me to be Superman, a Chinese Superman or Spider-Man.
I want to play a fireman and a spy. I want to learn special effects.
Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.
In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me ‘Jackie Who?’.
I make American films for American audiences and Asian films for Asian audiences.
My schedule goes: wake up, running, exercise, downstairs, running shoes off, then to the shower. That’s the Jackie Chan diary.
I give the children education.
When I got depressed, I watched Bruce Lee movies. I learned everything from Bruce Lee.
I want to try something different in Hollywood, to tell the audience I am not just an actor star – I am an actor, too.
Sometimes I’d like to play the bad guy and sometimes I’d like to die in a movie.
In America there’s no way I can make the kind of movie I like to make.
I really like children to watch my movies.
The movie business is a big gamble.
I only want my work to make people happy.
I have a metal plate in my head, and can pop my shoulder and pop it back.
I know I have to run 20 more minutes if I eat ice cream. Basically, I eat everything, but I just do more training.
I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.
As a father, I always want my son to be perfect. When he was young, I tried to train him in martial arts, but he said, ‘I don’t want to become like Bruce Lee’s son, with everybody telling me how good my father was.’ I just think my son is too lazy.
The ads all call me fearless, but that’s just publicity. Anyone who thinks I’m not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am.
Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don’t like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn’t work. Some movie I don’t like, it gets big box office. Very difficult.
I’m crazy, but I’m not too crazy.
Since the child knew his parents would give in, he tried the same trick again and again.
After all those years in Asia, I don’t have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and – Boom! – people go.
I’m tired of fighting. I’ve always known that I can’t be an action star all my life.
The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro, like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act.
I will make action movies, I think, for a few more years, another five years.
I hate violence, yes I do. It’s kind of a dilemma, huh?.
I don’t want to be an action star, an action star’s life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer.
I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, ‘Ah yes, they good.’ Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way.
The world is too violent right now.
Actor’s life is very long.
I want to show audiences I can act.
Of course I get hurt.
I know I have a responsibility to the fans.